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Migration Incentives and Taxation: Do Marginal Taxes Matter?

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  • Bo Sandemann Rasmussen

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    (Department of Economics, University of Aarhus, Denmark)

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    Faced with ageing populations many European countries may be tempted to attract immigrants. One way to do this is to offer tax incentives. Since the decision to migrate is a discrete choice it should be average taxes that are important for the migration decision. If, however, the supply of working hours is endogenous it is shown that marginal taxes are also important for the migration decision, even after controlling for average taxes. Hence, countries interested in attracting immigrants can do so even without reducing average taxes by having less progressive tax systems than other countries.

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    Paper provided by School of Economics and Management, University of Aarhus in its series Economics Working Papers with number 2004-7.

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    Length: 9
    Date of creation: 21 Sep 2004
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    Handle: RePEc:aah:aarhec:2004-7

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    Keywords: Migration; average taxes; marginal taxes; labor supply; population ageing.;

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    1. Bucovetsky, S., 2003. "Efficient migration and redistribution," Journal of Public Economics, Elsevier, vol. 87(11), pages 2459-2474, October.
    2. Mirrlees, J. A., 1982. "Migration and optimal income taxes," Journal of Public Economics, Elsevier, vol. 18(3), pages 319-341, August.
    3. Andersen, Torben M. & Sandemann Rasmussen, Bo, 1999. "Effort, taxation and unemployment1," Economics Letters, Elsevier, vol. 62(1), pages 97-103, January.
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