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Title:Patriotism, taxation and international mobility PDF Logo
Authors:Qari, Salmai
Konrad, Kai A.
Geys, Benny
Issue Date:2009
Series/Report no.:IZA discussion papers 4120
Abstract:For patriotic citizens, living in their native country is intrinsically preferable compared to living in the diaspora. In this paper, we analyze the implications of such a patriotic lock-in in a world with international migration and redistributive taxation. In a formal model of redistribution with international migration and fiscal competition we derive the main hypothesis: that countries with a more patriotic population should have higher redistributive taxes. Using ISSP survey data and combining them with OECD taxation data, we find robust evidence suggesting that a) higher patriotism is associated with higher tax burdens, and b) this relation is stronger for the upper-middle range of the income distribution.
Subjects:Patriotism
international mobility
taxation
redistribution
fiscal competition
JEL:H20
H73
Persistent Identifier of the first edition:urn:nbn:de:101:1-20090513177
Document Type:Working Paper
Appears in Collections:IZA Discussion Papers, Forschungsinstitut zur Zukunft der Arbeit (IZA)

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