XREAP2017-06: Taxing high-income earners: Tax avoidance and mobility

The taxation of high-income earners is of importance to every country and is the subject of a considerable amount of recent academic research. Such high-income earners contribute substantial amounts of tax and generate significant positive spillovers, but are also highly mobile: a 1% increase in the top marginal income tax rate increases outmigrations by around 1.5 to 3%. We review research into taxation of high-income earners to provide a synthesis of existing theoretical and empirical understanding. We offer various avenues for potential future theoretical and empirical research.

Esteller-Moré, A. (IEB, XREAP); Piolatto, A. (IEB, XREAP); Rablen, M. D.