Paul L. Caron

Wednesday, June 23, 2021

New Taxes For COVID-19 Measures And The Role Of Trust

Erick Lachapelle (Montreal; Google Scholar), Thomas Bergeron (Toronto & Montreal, Google Scholar), Richard Nadeau (Montreal; Google Scholar), Jean-François Daoust (Edinburgh; Google Scholar), Ruth Dassonneville (Montreal; Google Scholar), & Eric Belanger (McGill; Google Scholar), Citizens' Willingness to Support New Taxes for COVID-19 Measures and the Role of Trust:

The COVID-19 public health pandemic saw governments spend trillions of dollars to limit the spread of the COVID-19 virus as well as to soften the economic blow from the shutting down of national economies. Subsequent budget shortfalls raise the question of how governments will pay for the direct and indirect costs associated with the COVID-19 pandemic. In this paper, we study the public’s willingness to contribute through paying a new tax. We find that both generalized social and political trust are associated with a greater willingness to support a COVID-related tax and that generalized social trust in particular attenuates the negative effect of an experimentally manipulated, specified level of tax burden on policy support. 

These findings entail important implications for the public opinion and tax policies literatures, and also for policymakers.

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