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Prize Winner’s New Book About Death and Taxes and Follies

Joel Slemrod, who was awarded an Ig Nobel Prize for demonstrating a relationship between death and taxes, has a new book coming out.

The book is Rebellion, Rascals, and Revenue: Tax Follies and Wisdom through the Ages Hardcover, by Michael Keen and Joel Slemrod, published by Princeton University Press (scheduled publication date April 6, 2021).

The 2001 Ig Nobel Prize for economics was awarded to Joel Slemrod and Wojciech Kopczuk, for their conclusion that people find a way to postpone their deaths if that would qualify them for a lower rate on the inheritance tax.

They documented that research, in the study ”Dying to Save Taxes: Evidence from Estate Tax Returns on the Death Elasticity,” National Bureau of Economic Research Working Paper No. W8158, March 2001.

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