Quotation Berger, Melissa, Fellner-Röhling, Gerlinde, Sausgruber, Rupert, Traxler, Christian. 2016. Higher taxes, more evasion? Evidence from border differentials in TV license fees. Journal of Public Economics. 135 74-86.




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.


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Status of publication Published
Affiliation WU
Type of publication Journal article
Journal Journal of Public Economics
Citation Index SSCI
WU Journalrating 2009 A
WU-Journal-Rating new FIN-A, INF-A, MAN-A, STRAT-A, VW-A, WH-A
Language English
Title Higher taxes, more evasion? Evidence from border differentials in TV license fees
Volume 135
Year 2016
Page from 74
Page to 86
Reviewed? Y
DOI https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jpubeco.2016.01.007
Open Access N


Fellner-Röhling, Gerlinde (Details)
Sausgruber, Rupert (Details)
Berger, Melissa (Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW), Mannheim, Germany)
Traxler, Christian (Hertie School, Germany)
Research areas (ÖSTAT Classification 'Statistik Austria')
5311 Public finance (Details)
5335 Political economic theory (Details)
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