What are the social consequences of elite taxation? Does millionaire tax flight undermine state policies?
Stanford University Press, 2017. Order on Amazon.
Op-ed summary in The Guardian. [Slides for teaching] Reviewed in Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy; Contemporary Sociology
Millionaire Migration in California: Administrative Data for Three Waves of Tax Reform. Working Paper (with Charles Varner and Allen Prohofsky). 2018.
Millionaire Migration and the Taxation of the Elite: Evidence from Administrative Data. American Sociological Review. June, 2016. Lead Article. (Lead author with Charles Varner, Ithai Lurie, and Richard Prisinzano.) (Won Granovetter Prize from the ASA section on economic sociology)
Eight Brief Responses to criticism from the free market think tank, Pioneer Institute.
Millionaire Migration and State Taxation of Top Incomes: Evidence from a Natural Experiment. National Tax Journal. June, 2011. (with Charles Varner) (Won Dentler Award from the ASA section on Public Sociology.)
Replication: The Chief Economist of New Jersey published a critical replication of our study in the Public Finance Review. Their estimates fall within our original 95 percent confidence intervals. Despite their skeptical tone, their analysis confirms our core conclusion of a small (or very small) migration effect of the millionaire tax.
See our reply published in the same issue.
Shining a Light on Secret Money: Review of Gabriel Zucman’s The Hidden Wealth of Nations. European Journal of Sociology. Volume 57(3): 581-585.
Coverage in Popular Press
L.A. Times. November 2019. “The Wall Street Journal say the Rich are Fleeing California, but the Flight is a Trickle”
New York Times. July 2019. “State and Local Taxes Are Worsening Inequality” (editorial board essay)
New York Times. May 2019. “They Got Rich Off Uber and Lyft. Then They Moved to Low Tax States”
San Francisco Chronicle. February 2019. “Tech wealthy have a responsibility to the state that made them.” Op-ed.
Bloomberg. January 2019. “Miami Woos New York Home Buyers”
BBC Radio. October 2018. “Thinking Allowed: Rich Russians – Millionaire tax flight”
San Francisco Chronicle. July 2018. “Dozens of millionaires fled California after 2012 tax increase, study says”
L.A. Times. June 2018. “Chipotle’s move to Newport Beach shows that taxes matter for CEOs less than you’d think”
Forbes. May 2018. “High Taxes Don’t Make Rich People Move”
Wall Street Journal. Dec. 2017. “Deduction Rollback Hurts High-Tax States, But Exodus Isn’t Assured”
CNBC. Dec. 2017. “Millionaire flight from tax reform may be exaggerated”
CommonWealth Magazine. June 2017. “Taxes don’t make millionaires move”
Boston Globe. June 2017. “Millionaires might complain about new tax, but they probably won’t flee, studies show”
INC. Magazine. July 2016. “Are Millionaires Moving to Avoid High Taxes? The Answer May Surprise You”
Washington Post. June 2016. “Chris Christie says high state taxes drive millionaires away. Here’s why he’s mistaken.”
Seattle Times. June 2016. “The very rich aren’t likely to flee income-tax states”
CBS News. May 2016. “Do higher taxes really drive millionaires to flee?”
Bloomberg. May 2016. “Higher Taxes Don’t Scare Millionaires Into Fleeing Their Homes After All”
Time Magazine. May 2016. “The Rich Aren’t Fleeing Higher Taxes After All”
Univision. May 2016. “¿Realmente los impuestos hacen que los ricos se muden?”
U.S. News & World Report. May 2016. “Are Millionaires Moving to Dodge Taxes?”
USA TODAY. July 2014. “States debate millionaires’ taxes.”
New York Times. Feb. 15, 2013. “The Myth of the Rich Who Flee From Taxes”
New York Times. Feb. 6, 2013. “Two-Tax Rise Tests Wealthy in California”
Washington Post. Nov. 2012. “Do millionaires move to avoid high taxes?”
Reuters. Nov. 2012. “Super-rich flight from California? Not so fast”
CNBC. Nov. 2012. “Taxes Don’t Drive Out the California Rich: Study”
Huffington Post. Nov. 2012. “California Millionaires Unlikely To Leave State If Taxes Are Hiked, Study Reveals”
Orange County Register. Nov. 2012. “Editorial: Will Prop. 30 chase out more millionaires?”
L.A. Times. Oct 2012. “Would Prop. 30 really drive millionaires out of California?”
San Jose Mercury News. Sept. 2012. “Superrich stay put in high-tax states like California”
Washington Post. Apr. 2012. “Do voters really flee high-tax states?”
Wall Street Journal. Apr. 2011. “Millionaire Tax Didn’t Chase the Rich From New Jersey, Study Says”
New York Times. Apr. 2011. “Taxing the Rich”
Trenton Times. Apr 2011. “N.J. Gov. Chris Christie’s opposition to millionaires tax is at odds with his ‘shared sacrifice’ rhetoric”
Star-Ledger. Apr. 2011. “N.J. ‘millionaire tax’ would neither drive rich residents out of state, nor raise tax revenue”
Philadelphia Inquirer. Apr 2011. “Christie discounts Princeton study on “millionaire’s tax””
Washington Post. June 2010. “Do millionaires flee high-tax states?”