Higher taxes, more evasion? Evidence from border differentials in TV license fees

Melissa Berger, Gerlinde Fellner-Röhling, Rupert Sausgruber, Christian Traxler

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This paper studies the evasion of TV license fees in Austria. We exploit border differentials to identify the effect of fees on evasion. Comparing municipalities at the low- and high-fee side of state borders reveals that higher fees trigger significantly more evasion. Our preferred estimator indicates that a one percent increase in fees raises the evasion rate by 0.3 percentage points. The positive effect of fees on evasion is confirmed in different parametric and non-parametric approaches and survives several robustness checks.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)74 - 86
JournalJournal of Public Economics
Publication statusPublished - 2016

Austrian Classification of Fields of Science and Technology (ÖFOS)

  • 502010 Public finance
  • 502027 Political economy
  • 502024 Public economy

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