Skip to main content

STICERD Work in Progress Seminars

Information Frictions and Earnings Responses to Taxes: Evidence from Firm and Individual Bunching in Pakistan

Michael Best (LSE, STICERD)

Friday 01 November 2013 13:00 - 14:00

Many of our seminars and public events this year will continue as in person or as hybrid (online and in person) events. Please check our website listings and Twitter feed @STICERD_LSE for updates.

Unless otherwise specified, in-person seminars are open to the public.

Those unable to join the seminars in-person are welcome to participate via zoom if the event is hybrid.

About this event

This paper provides evidence on the relevance of information frictions for firm and worker responses to individual income taxation in Pakistan. I document 'firm bunching' of salaries around kinks in the tax schedule originating from equilibrium responses by firms to worker-level incentives. I estimate that the causal effect of firm bunching is to increase bunching responses by workers. This finding is inconsistent with fixed adjustment costs and is most consistent with firm responses reducing information frictions for workers - 'learning by bunching'.

STICERD Work in Progress seminars are held on Fridays in term time at 13:00-14:00, ONLINE, unless specified otherwise.

Seminar organisers: Philip Barteska and Alix Bonargent

For further information please contact Lubala Chibwe, either by email:

Please use this link to subscribe or unsubscribe to the STICERD Work in Progress seminars mailing list (sticwip).