Public economic and public finance. Impact of taxation on individual and firm behavior, as well as the economy at large.
Among the questions that Åsa Hansson tries to answer with her research:
- How harmful is taxation for investments?
- What types of taxation are most harmful for economic growth and investments?
- Are differences in corporate tax rates across countries due to economic or political differences?
- How should tax systems be designed in less developed countries in order to meet the increased revenue requirements these countries face when they enter free trade agreements?
Åsa Hansson’s research focuses on the behavioral aspects of taxation concerning both individuals and firms. A large part of her research centers around the effects globalization and increased tax competition have on current tax systems and public expenditures, and how tax systems should be designed in order to attract and retain economic activities. Åsa is currently involved in several projects concerning (i) various taxes impact on FDI, growth, and firm start-ups, (ii) tax uncertainty and investments, (iii) design of tax systems in less-developed countries in order to meet their increased demand for revenues when revenues from customs decline due to free trade agreements. Åsa Hansson’s work has been published in international scientific journals, book chapters, and in policy reports.