Generosity among Friends: Population Homogeneity, Altruism and Insurance as Determinants of Redistribution?

Altruism is an important omitted variable in much of the Political Economy literature. While material self-interest is the base of most approaches to redistri- bution (first affecting preferences and then politics and policy), there is a paucity of research on inequality aversion. We propose (1) that other-regarding concerns influence redistributio

Why we Cheat: Evidence from Tax Compliance Experiments (with Hector Solaz)

We conduct tax compliance experiments in which subjects earn real money, are subject to a tax, and can lie about their earnings. Performing better on incentivized real effort tasks results in more cheating. Cheating rises as the tax rate increases; but the higher levels of cheating by those who excelled at the tasks persists in high and low tax tre