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Taxation and Migration in a Federal System

  • Kjetil Bjorvatn

This paper discusses how taxation may affect migration, economic efficiency and income distribution. The institutional framework is a federal system, in which local authorities are responsible for the supply of public services and the financing of these services, and where the central authorities are in charge of income redistribution. The main conclusion is that a moderate policy of income redistribution is associated with greater centralization of the work force and greater economic inefficiency than is the case with both radical and more limited policies of redistribution. Copyright Kluwer Academic Publishers 1998

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Volume (Year): 5 (1998)
Issue (Month): 3 (July)
Pages: 345-355

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