Deterring Property Tax Delinquency in Philadelphia: An Experimental Evaluation of Nudge Strategies


One of the most common issues confronted by municipal governments is tardy or delinquent property tax payments. Using behavioral economic nudges, researchers Michael Chirico, Robert Inman, Charles Loeffler, PISC Executive Committee member John MacDonald, and Holger Sieg aimed to address this issue with a quick and cost-effective solution. They found that sending letter reminders that threatened an economic sanction for continued noncompliance were the most effective, although they did not find any evidence that those receiving a reminder in 2015 improved their tax compliance behavior in 2016.

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