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The UK’s global economic elite: a sociological analysis using tax data

Advani, Arun, Burgherr, David, Savage, Mike ORCID: 0000-0003-4563-9564 and Summers, Andrew ORCID: 0000-0002-4978-7743 (2022) The UK’s global economic elite: a sociological analysis using tax data. International Inequalities Institute Working Paper Series (79). International Inequalities Institute, London School of Economics and Political Science, London, UK.

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In this paper we show the importance of international ties amongst the UK’s global economic elite, by exploiting administrative data derived from tax records. We show how this data can be used to shed light on the kind of transnational dynamics which have long been hypothesised to be of major significance in the UK, but which have previously proved intractable to systematic study. Our work reveals the enduring and distinctive influence of long-term imperial forces, especially to the former ‘white settler’ ex-dominions which have been called the ‘anglosphere’. These are allied to more recent currents associated with European integration and the rise of Asian economic power. Here there are especially strong ties to the ‘old EU-6’ nations of France, Germany, Netherlands, Belgium, Luxembourg, and Italy. The incredible detail and universal coverage of our data means that we can study those at the very top with a level of granularity that would be impossible using traditional survey sources. We find compelling support for the public perception that non-doms are disproportionately highly affluent individuals who can be viewed as a part of a global elite. However, whilst there is some evidence for the stereotype of the global wealthy parking themselves in the UK, this underplays the significance of the working rich. Our analysis also reveals the remarkable concentration of non-doms in central areas of London.

Item Type: Monograph (Working Paper)
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Additional Information: © 2022 The Authors
Divisions: Sociology
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HC Economic History and Conditions
H Social Sciences > HJ Public Finance
Date Deposited: 07 Apr 2022 07:51
Last Modified: 16 May 2024 12:24

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