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Taxation and Wealth Transmission in France

  • Arrondel, L.
  • Laferrere, A.

We examine the pattern of inter-vivos transfers and bequests in France, using both administrative records and household surveys. We first present the French institutional and fiscal setting of wealth transmission; then the usual economic models of behaviour, their link to fiscal system and their testable predictions. Finally we turn to empirical tests, concentrating on inter-vivos gifts. We examine whether observed behaviour is consistent with the models and with the incentives implied by the tax system. We find no direct support for altruism, nor for exchange, but a strong reaction to taxation, which may be interpreted by a `joy of giving' type of model.

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Paper provided by DELTA (Ecole normale supérieure) in its series DELTA Working Papers with number 98-13.

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Length: 32 pages
Date of creation: 1998
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Publication status: Published in Journal of Public Economics, 2001, vol. 79, no. 1
Handle: RePEc:del:abcdef:98-13
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