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The Origins of Tax Compliance and Accountable Governance: A Randomized Field Experiment in the DR Congo

Principal Investigators: Otis Reid, Jonathan Weigel

Research Design:

We propose three interventions to improve formal participation and tax compliance: (1) providing citizens subsidized access to formal property titles; (2) collecting property taxes through local bureaucrats compared to centralized collectors deployed by the provincial ministry; and (3) offering property tax discounts of varying levels to households. The first intervention studies how citizens value formal property titling and whether this impacts tax compliance.