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Taxation of Intergenerational Transfers and Wealth

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  • Wojciech Kopczuk

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In this chapter, I review empirical and theoretical literature on taxation of intergenerational transfers (estates, bequests, inheritances, inter vivos gifts) and wealth. The main message may be summarized as follows. Empirical evidence on bequest motivations and responses to estate taxation is spotty and much remains be done, but what we know points in the direction of (1) mixed motives (2) heterogeneity of preferences and (3) importance of retaining control over wealth. These patterns are important for normative analysis of taxation toward the top of the distribution. Theoretical work should further focus on understanding implications of inequality of inherited wealth: the topic that has been neglected in the past, even though it is closely related to — more carefully studied, but arguably much less important in practice — externalities from giving. Potential externalities from wealth accumulation and concentration are yet to be seriously addressed.

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  1. Wojciech Kopczuk, 2013. "Incentive Effects of Inheritances and Optimal Estate Taxation," NBER Working Papers 18747, National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.
  2. Eckerstorfer, Paul & Steiner, Viktor & Wakolbinger, Florian, 2013. "Steuerreformvorschläge in der Diskussion: Eine Mikrosimulationsanalyse der Aufkommens-, Beschäftigungs- und Verteilungswirkungen für Österreich," Discussion Papers 2013/17, Free University Berlin, School of Business & Economics.
  3. Robert B. Avery & Daniel Grodzicki & Kevin B. Moore, 2013. "Estate vs. capital gains taxation: an evaluation of prospective policies for taxing wealth at the time of death," Finance and Economics Discussion Series 2013-28, Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System (U.S.).
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  5. Johann K. Brunner & Susanne Pech, 2013. "Taxing Bequests and Consumption in the Steady State," CESifo Working Paper Series 4453, CESifo Group Munich.

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