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Fairness spillovers: the case of taxation

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JournalJournal of Economic Behavior & Organization
DateE-pub ahead of print - 4 Jan 2013
DatePublished (current) - Jun 2013
Number of pages17
Pages (from-to)164-180
Early online date4/01/13
Original languageEnglish


It is standardly assumed that individuals react to perceived unfairness or norm violations in precisely the same area or relationship where the original offense has occurred. However, grievances over being exposed to injustice may have even broader consequences and also spill over to other contexts, causing non-compliant behavior there. We present evidence that such " fairness spillovers" can incur large economic costs: a belief that there is unfairness in taxation in the sense that the rich do not pay enough taxes is associated with a twenty percent higher level of paid absenteeism from work.

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  • Beliefs, Fairness, Taxation, Work morale

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