Fiscal Illusion and Fiscal Obfuscation
Tax Perception in Sweden
By Tino Sanandaji, Björn Wallace
This article appeared in the Fall 2011 issue of The Independent Review.
Do voters tend to underestimate the costs of government spending? Several features of its tax system make Sweden unusually well suited for testing the proposition that voters systematically misperceive the price tag of new government programs.
Tino Sanandaji is a Ph.D. student in the Harris School of Public Policy at the University of Chicago.
Björn Wallace is a Ph.D. student in the Department of Economics at the Stockholm School of Economics.