Living to Save Taxes
AbstractDoes taxation affect the timing of death? This is important as an example of how behavior might be affected by economic incentives. We study how three changes in Swedish inheritance taxation 2004-2005 have affected daily all-cause mortality. Our first main result is that mortality decreased by 16 percent the day before the beginning of expected tax reductions. Second, there was no corresponding effect before an unexpected tax reduction.
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Bibliographic InfoPaper provided by Uppsala University, Department of Economics in its series Working Paper Series with number 2007:8.
Length: 13 pages
Date of creation: 08 Jan 2007
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Publication status: Published in Economics Letters, 2008, pages 340-343.
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Behavioral responses to taxation; estate tax; inheritance tax; tax avoidance; timing of death;
Other versions of this item:
- D64 - Microeconomics - - Welfare Economics - - - Altruism; Philanthropy
- H24 - Public Economics - - Taxation, Subsidies, and Revenue - - - Personal Income and Other Nonbusiness Taxes and Subsidies
- I19 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Health - - - Other
This paper has been announced in the following NEP Reports:
- NEP-ALL-2007-01-28 (All new papers)
- NEP-HEA-2007-01-28 (Health Economics)
- NEP-LTV-2007-01-28 (Unemployment, Inequality & Poverty)
- NEP-PBE-2007-01-28 (Public Economics)
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