We conduct a field experiment with sellers of home-improvement services on two German online markets. We take the role of consumers and vary whether we request an invoice for the delivery of the service. In a market which allows anyone to sell anonymously, a willingness to evade is prevalent. In a market that keeps track of credentials, sellers are only willing to evade when a willingness to collude is signaled. The evasion discount is in most estimates not larger than the tax subsidy for legal demand. Evasion is unlikely to be beneficial for many consumers in our setting.
Doerr, Annabelle and Sarah Necker (2021), Collaborative Tax Evasion in the Provision of Services to Consumers – a Field Experiment, ZEW Discussion Paper No. 21-024, Mannheim. Download