State Taxes, Tax Exemptions and What They Reveal About Elderly Migration
Ali Sina Önder
University of Bayreuth
Herwig J. Schlunk
Vanderbilt University - Law School
May 20, 2011
We use the U.S. elderly migration data for 1995-2000 to test how taxes and specific tax exemptions affect migration decisions of the elderly population. We show that the elderly prefer to migrate to states with low inheritance and estate tax, high property tax, low price level, low amount of Federal revenue transfers, high level of local amenities, and high temperatures. In addition, exemption of prescription drugs from sales tax and the existence of pension exemptions affect elderly in-migration positively and significantly.
Keywords: Tiebout Hypothesis, Migration, State and Local Taxes, Tax Exemptions
JEL Classification: H24, H50, H72, H73
Date posted: September 29, 2012
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