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  • Panu Poutvaara

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The mobility of labor reduces national incentives to invest in internationally applicable education. The European Union could overcome this by allowing member states to institute graduate taxes or income-contingent loans, collected also from migrants. This paper presents calculations on how a graduate tax system could look for Finland. To protect citizens against Leviathan governments, graduate taxes or income-contingent loans could be based on voluntary contracts. Education would then be financed publicly only for those accepting also to share the returns. With EU enlargement, such reforms could generate a triple dividend.

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Paper provided by CESifo Group Munich in its series CESifo Working Paper Series with number 1114.

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Date of creation: 2004
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Keywords: graduate taxes; European Union; individual accounts; income-contingent loans; migration;

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