Tax Morale in Times of Economic Depression: The Case of Greece

Advances in Taxation

ISBN: 978-1-78756-416-9, eISBN: 978-1-78756-415-2

ISSN: 1058-7497

Publication date: 15 November 2018


A report of the International Labour Organization on undeclared work in Greece refers to failures of formal institutions which contribute to the asymmetry between state and civic morality. The particular asymmetry is explored through the context of tax morale, which is one of the major determinants of the shadow economy. Although several papers have been published on the Greek shadow economy, tax morale in Greece has not been adequately explored. This research aims to investigate the effect of the economic downturn on the factors determining the level of tax morale through primary data from a European Union-funded research project on the Greek shadow economy. The findings provide policy orientations toward transferring activities from the shadow to the official economy, a goal which is part of Europe 2020 strategy.



Bitzenis, A. and Vlachos, V. (2018), "Tax Morale in Times of Economic Depression: The Case of Greece", Advances in Taxation (Advances in Taxation, Vol. 25), Emerald Publishing Limited, pp. 173-199.

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