What Makes People Want To Pay Taxes?

Dec. 11, 2017

Professor Sven Steinmo was interviewed for the “Colorado Matters” program on Colorado Public Radio (90.1 fm). The interview aired at 10am and 7pm on December 11, 2017. He talked about his research on tax compliance and the tax “reform” being discussed in Congress: "Governments around the world have spent years...


"Trump’s tax proposals are wildly out of sync with what most Americans would do, our new study shows" by Sven Steinmo

Sept. 20, 2017

Professor Sven Steinmo and his colleagues, John D’Attoma and Kim-Lee Tuxhorn (recent PhD from CU Political Science) just published an article in the Washington Post blog, The Monkey Cage. It can be found here :


Willing to Pay?" Tax Compliance in Britain and Italy: An Experimental Analysis.

Zhang N, Andrighetto G, Ottone S, Ponzano F, Steinmo S. PLOS ONE . 11 (2) (February 26, 2016). Abstract: As shown by the recent crisis, tax evasion poses a significant problem for countries such as Greece, Spain and Italy. While these societies certainly possess weaker fiscal institutions as compared to...


Historical Institutionalism and Experimental Methods

Steinmo. in The Oxford Handbook of Historical Institutionalism Ed.Sheingate A. (Cambridge: Oxford University Press, March 17, 2016).107-123. Abstract: Although a core insight of historical institutionalism (HI) is that history affects actors’ beliefs, values and preferences, it is difficult to test these propositions directly. This chapter argues that one way of...


Evolution of Institutions and Organizations

STEINMO SH. in Complexity and Evolution Toward a New Synthesis for Economics ( MIT Press, August 19, 2016). Abstract: Some economists argue that institutions are the most important factor affecting variation in economic growth. There is a need, however, to better understand how and why institutions emerge and change. Informed...


Are Some Countries More Honest than Others? Evidence from a Tax Compliance Experiment in Sweden and Italy.

Andrighetto G, Zhang N, Ottone S, Ponzano F, D'Attoma J, Steinmo S. FRONTIERS IN PSYCHOLOGY . 7 (April 07, 2016). Abstract: This study examines cultural differences in ordinary dishonesty between Italy and Sweden, two countries with different reputations for trustworthiness and probity. Exploiting a set of cross-cultural tax compliance experiments,...

Sven Steinmo: A silver lining?

Nov. 22, 2016

Nov 11 2016 | Daily Camera The Boulder Daily Camera published a “Guest Opinion” by Professor Sven Steinmo wrote on the Democratic Party and the Trump election. Read now .