Populism and Fiscal Illusion

Davidson, S 2018, 'Populism and Fiscal Illusion', Australian Economic Review, vol. 51, no. 3, pp. 418-425.

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Title Populism and Fiscal Illusion
Author(s) Davidson, S
Year 2018
Journal name Australian Economic Review
Volume number 51
Issue number 3
Start page 418
End page 425
Total pages 8
Publisher Wiley-Blackwell Publishing Asia
Abstract There is a widespread concern that anti-elitist or populist opinion is on the rise. The policy concern is that political opportunists would exploit voter rational ignorance for their own cynical purposes. In this article I demonstrate that, in the field of taxation, this sort of behaviour already occurs. Fiscal illusion can be described as deceiving taxpayer-voters into paying more tax than they would otherwise agree to. Taxpayers are already victims of political opportunism unrelated to the rise of populism.
Subject Public Economics- Taxation and Revenue
Public Economics- Public Choice
Keyword(s) Populism
Fiscal Illusion
DOI - identifier 10.1111/1467-8462.12296
Copyright notice © 2018 The University of Melbourne, Melbourne Institute of Applied Economic and Social Research.
ISSN 0004-9018
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