National Institute on Aging
Aging Studies Program Paper Series
Economic Policy | Economics | Public Affairs, Public Policy and Public Administration | Public Policy
The elderly’s unique economic situation makes some government expenditures more attractive and some forms of taxation less burdensome than others. This research investigates whether elderly migration is affected by state fiscal policies and discusses the possible consequences, both of which likely differ between younger and older elderly. Using state-to-state migration flows, we identify which states are gaining and losing younger versus older elderly people. We then estimate the migration flows as a function of the states’ amenities, cost of living, composition of government spending and alternative specifications of the tax system. We find that elderly migration is influenced by state fiscal policy.
Conway, Karen S. and Houtenville, Andrew J., "Elderly Migration and State Fiscal Policy: Evidence from the 1990 Census Migration Flows+" (1998). Center for Policy Research. 434.
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