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Patriotism, Taxation and International Mobility

Salmai Qari, Kai Konrad and Benny Geys

No 4120, IZA Discussion Papers from Institute of Labor Economics (IZA)

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.

Keywords: redistribution; taxation; international mobility; patriotism; fiscal competition (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: H20 H73 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 43 pages
Date: 2009-04
New Economics Papers: this item is included in nep-ltv, nep-mig, nep-pbe and nep-pub
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Published - published in: Public Choice, 2012, 151 (3-4), 695 - 717

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