Do Higher Taxes Encourage/Discourage Tax Compliance?

M. J. Freire-Serén, J. Panadés

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review


In this survey, we try to summarize what economists know about how increasing tax rate affects both tax evasion and the willingness to pay taxes. We show how this apparently trivial question presents puzzling results. This paper introduces the main contributions that have attempted to explain the apparent contradiction between the empirical evidence on the reaction of taxpayers to changes in tax rate levels and the results obtained by the standard models of tax evasion. In an effort to shed some light on this issue, the paper primarily concludes that there is more than enough room for further research on the relationship between tax evasion and tax rates given the many gaps in the literature concerning on this topic.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)809-817
JournalModern Economy
Issue number12
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2013


  • Tax Evasion
  • Tax Non-Compliance
  • Tax Rate


Dive into the research topics of 'Do Higher Taxes Encourage/Discourage Tax Compliance?'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this