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Tax Burden and Migration: A Political Economy Perspective

Assaf Razin, Efraim Sadka

NBER Working Paper No. 5850
Issued in December 1996
NBER Program(s):International Finance and Macroeconomics, Public Economics

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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Document Object Identifier (DOI): 10.3386/w5850

Published: 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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