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Migration Incentives and Taxation: Do Marginal Taxes Matter?

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  • Bo Sandemann Rasmussen

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Faced with ageing populations many European countries may be tempted to attract immigrants. One way to do this is to offer tax incentives. Since the decision to migrate is a discrete choice it should be average taxes that are important for the migration decision. If, however, the supply of working hours is endogenous it is shown that marginal taxes are also important for the migration decision, even after controlling for average taxes. Hence, countries interested in attracting immigrants can do so even without reducing average taxes by having less progressive tax systems than other countries.

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  • Bo Sandemann Rasmussen, 2004. "Migration Incentives and Taxation: Do Marginal Taxes Matter?," Economics Working Papers 2004-7, Department of Economics and Business Economics, Aarhus University.
  • Handle: RePEc:aah:aarhec:2004-7
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    1. Mirrlees, J. A., 1982. "Migration and optimal income taxes," Journal of Public Economics, Elsevier, vol. 18(3), pages 319-341, August.
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    4. Wilson, John D., 1980. "The effect of potential emigration on the optimal linear income tax," Journal of Public Economics, Elsevier, vol. 14(3), pages 339-353, December.
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    Keywords

    Migration; average taxes; marginal taxes; labor supply; population ageing.;

    JEL classification:

    • F22 - International Economics - - International Factor Movements and International Business - - - International Migration
    • H24 - Public Economics - - Taxation, Subsidies, and Revenue - - - Personal Income and Other Nonbusiness Taxes and Subsidies

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