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Seminar Series: Cristobal Young, Department of Sociology, Stanford University

Millionaire Migration and the Taxation of the Elite in the United States
When Oct 16, 2014
from 03:00 PM to 04:00 PM
Where 1101 Morrill Hall
Contact Name
Contact Phone 301-405-6403
Attendees Tuesday Barnes
Nicole Bedera
Betsy Blair
Philip Cohen
Tom Crosble
William Fennie
Mollie Greenberg
Eowna Young Harrison
Hsiang-Yuan Ho
Jonathan Jackson
Jeehye Kang
Kristin Kerns
Meredith Kleykamp
Amanda Nguyen
Jisun Min
Julie Park
Joanna Pepin
Robert Reynoso
R. Gordon Rinderknecht
Megan Wilhelm
Moriah Willow
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About the Talk

Do millionaires migrate to avoid high state income taxes? Many U.S. states have passed millionaire taxes in recent years, sparking concerns about tax flight among the wealthy. Millionaire migration can drain state revenues and undermine state-level redistributive social policies. Is it sustainable for some states to have systems of elite taxation when others do not? To study this, we draw on IRS data on the tax records filed by all million-dollar income earners in the United States from 2000 to 2011, tracking the state from which millionaires file their taxes. The data contains 43 million tax records, representing 3.7 million unique tax filers, and provides census-scale panel data on top income-earners. We advance two core analyses: (1) state-to-state migration of millionaires over the long-term, and (2) a sharply-focused discontinuity analysis of millionaire population along the borders of states. This provides powerful evidence on the extent of millionaire tax flight, and more broadly on the social consequences of progressive taxation.

About the Speaker

Cristobal Young

Cristobal Young is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology at Stanford University. He received his PhD from Princeton University in 2010. Cristobal’s research spans the overlapping fields of inequality, economic sociology, and quantitative methods. He focuses on the social effects of public policies that aim to moderate income inequality.

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