Old George Orwell Got It Backward: Some Thoughts on Behavioral Tax Economics
27 Pages Posted: 21 Sep 2009
Date Written: September 2009
It is entirely appropriate that the study of public finance take seriously "behavioral" inconsistencies with traditional models of individual and collective decision-making. This raises the question of whether the state should play a role in protecting individuals from themselves, and whether individuals are susceptible to manipulation, or even exploitation, by the people who comprise the state. In this essay I address one aspect of this issue - how it affects an economic analysis of tax systems. In addressing this task I ask, and offer some tentative answers to, what is distinctive about behavioral tax economics as a sub-field of behavioral economics and as a sub-field of tax economics.
Keywords: complexity, compliance
JEL Classification: H20, H27
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