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Teaching the Economics of Income Tax Evasion

Cebula, Richard and Foley, Maggie (2013): Teaching the Economics of Income Tax Evasion. Published in: New Developments in Economic Education (24. March 2014): pp. 133-139.

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Abstract

The purpose of this pedagogical study is to provide a straightforward and easily understood framework that can be used to teach the economic behavior underlying income tax evasion. We begin with presenting a brief background that reflects the research that had been done, especially for the case of the United States, on income tax evasion. This brief section is meant to provide the student with some overall perspective on the issue. Once this literature overview is completed, the main section of this study provides a framework, based in cost-benefit analysis, to enable the student to easily understand factors underlying personal income tax evasion.

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