Greg Mankiw points out that, if you are wealthy and only care about taxes, then:
The worst place to die is New Jersey with a combined effective estate and inheritance tax rate of 54.1%.
According to the article he cites, Maryland has the second highest estate and inheritance tax rates.
But according to CNBC, these two states have more millionaires than any other state in the country except Hawaii.
Revealed Preference Speaks
New Jersey may be a bad place to die, but apparently it's a popular place to for the wealthy live.
I can understand the appeal of Hawaii, but what's the appeal of New Jersey?.
Lawmakers may have strong incentives to raise estate taxes in these states, but millionaires get the last move: it's pretty easy to move from one state to another within the U.S. So what makes the high tax states so appealing to millionaires? Are millionaires created there in disproportionate numbers?
What benefits are they getting that outweigh the costs, and what lessons, if any, can we draw?