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The Impact of Taxes on Migration in New England
Jeffrey Thompson | 4/12/2011
Abstract:
Evidence from surveys of migrating households, the existing economic literature, and new analysis using data from the Internal Revenue Service all suggest that taxes do not play any notable role in causing people to leave a state. The most important factors in influencing household migration are employment and family-related reasons. If anything, higher state income taxes decrease the number of people leaving a state. Taxes do appear to influence the choice of which state to live in once a person has decided to move, but the impact is modest. If states use the revenues from higher taxes to create jobs, reduce unemployment, and reduce property crime, the small negative impacts from taxes can be easily overcome.

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     > New England
     > Connecticut
     > Maine
     > Massachusetts
     > New Hampshire
     > Rhode Island
     > Vermont

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