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The effects of taxation on migration: Some evidence for the ASEAN and APEC economies

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  • Edda Claus
  • Iris Claus

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  • Michael Dörsam

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This paper investigates the effects of taxation on migration. It develops a stylized, two-country model to examine the impact of taxation on labor mobility. The theoretical prediction that taxation affects migration decisions is supported by some empirical evidence for the ASEAN and APEC economies. Average tax rates are found to have a larger impact on migration choices than marginal rates. Moreover, the results suggest that educated migrants are more responsive to tax- ation than migrants with no education. Average tax rates are most important for migrants with secondary education, while marginal rates have a greater influ- ence on the decisions of migrants with tertiary education than secondary educated migrants. The finding that taxation affects migration decisions, in particular of educated migrants, has important policy implications.

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Paper provided by Centre for Applied Macroeconomic Analysis, Crawford School of Public Policy, The Australian National University in its series CAMA Working Papers with number 2010-36.

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Length: 31 pages
Date of creation: Dec 2010
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Handle: RePEc:een:camaaa:2010-36

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