The social psychology of taxation


Lewis, A., 1982. The social psychology of taxation. British Journal of Social Psychology, 21 (2), pp. 151-158.

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Outlines the overlap between social psychology, taxation, and government spending, an area referred to as fiscal psychology. Attention is drawn to the tendency of many public economists to ignore the intervening variables between economic stimuli and economic response. These intervening variables are largely attitudinal and could be used to improve economic predictions, understanding of the effects of taxes on work effort, the tendency to evade taxes, and more generally, the relationship between taxpayer and government. Fiscal psychology also incorporates familiar approaches in social psychology including equity, intergroup relations, and attribution theory, and debates about attitude structure and the attitudes/behavior link. Comment is additionally made on the importance of assessing taxpayer's preferences for government spending, and their influence on and reaction to government fiscal policy.


Item Type Articles
CreatorsLewis, A.
DepartmentsFaculty of Humanities & Social Sciences > Psychology
ID Code9708


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