Thursday, April 26, 2012

Operant Conditioning and Fiscal Responsibility: We Must Incentivise Taxpayers

In psychology in order to change or influence behaviour of a person or an entire community or society, ‘reinforcement’ or ‘punishment’ are core tools of operant conditioning; stimulus which encourages or discourages certain select behaviours. Many countries use these tools to achieve their goals. Why don’t we use the power of operant conditioning to help deliver the objective of expansion of the tax net? One prominent business chamber, the American Business Council, has been recommending for many years to introduce a “Tax Payer Card” with clear benefits to taxpayers... more

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