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Tax Burden and Migration: A Political Economy Perspective

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  • Assaf Razin
  • Efraim Sadka

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The extent of taxation and redistribution policy is generally determined at a political-economy equilibrium by a balance between those who gain and those who lose from a more extensive tax-transfer policy. In a stylized model of migration and human capital formation we find, somewhat against conventional wisdom, that low-skill migration may lead to a lower tax burden and less redistribution than without migration, even though the migrants (naturally) join the pro-tax cum transfer coalition.

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Paper provided by National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc in its series NBER Working Papers with number 5850.

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Date of creation: Dec 1996
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Publication status: published as Razin, Assaf & Sadka, Efraim & Swagel, Phillip, 2002. "Tax burden and migration: a political economy theory and evidence," Journal of Public Economics, Elsevier, vol. 85(2), pages 167-190, August.
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