Quotation Petutschnig, Matthias. 2017. Future Orientation and Taxes: Evidence from Big Data. Journal of International Accounting Auditing and Taxation 29 (1), 14-31.




This paper analyses whether various aspects of a country’s tax system have a positive or negative influence on individuals’ attitudes towards the future. These attitudes are measured in an analysis of Google search queries derived from Google Trends, which allow constructing an online future-orientation index for a sample of 58 countries over a period of five years. The results of this analysis indicate that personal income taxes, capital gains taxes and value added taxes discourage future-oriented behavior. Corporate income taxes could positively influence a society’s degree of future orientation. This paper contributes to existing research in three ways: First, it expands the existing tax literature by providing evidence that taxes can influence very fundamental personal values, such as individuals’ general attitudes towards their future. Second, it contributes to a vast body of cross-cultural studies on future orientation by introducing tax law to that field of research. Third, by using internet search patterns the paper integrates these large, automatically gathered data sets into scientific tax research, thereby opening the possibility for further research opportunities.


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Status of publication Published
Affiliation WU
Type of publication Journal article
Journal Journal of International Accounting Auditing and Taxation
WU-Journal-Rating new FIN-A, STRAT-B, WH-B
Language English
Title Future Orientation and Taxes: Evidence from Big Data
Volume 29
Number 1
Year 2017
Page from 14
Page to 31
Reviewed? Y
URL https://authors.elsevier.com/a/1UrNq3nTRirhYr
DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.intaccaudtax.2017.03.003


Petutschnig, Matthias (Details)
Business Taxation Group AB (Details)
Research areas (Ă–STAT Classification 'Statistik Austria')
5206 Financial law (Details)
5327 Accounting (Details)
5328 Auditing and trusts (Details)
5349 Business taxation (Details)
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