With the goal of discouraging companies and high net worth individuals from leaving the country to save taxes by taxing wealth leaving the country by a multiple of the taxes due per year if they stayed.

With "state" I mean a sovereign state which nationally can do whatever it wants, I'm only asking about international treaties/laws.

Purely hypothetical question, sorry if this shows a lack of basic understanding on my part. To me it seems like that would be qualitatively similar to the transaction tax some people have been proposing.

  • What people? What country?
    – user4657
    Commented Nov 14, 2017 at 18:19
  • @Nij Well, if you have to be specific, Switzerland. But really I'm interested in a global picture. If there are such treaties, there are probably many member countries. If there aren't many member countries in such a treaty, then the treaty is less relevant because that would (usually) also mean there is less pressure to stay in the treaty.
    – Nobody
    Commented Nov 14, 2017 at 18:26

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I am not aware of any such treaties (although some free trade treaties such as the treaties forming the EU may have that effect among members nations). Limitations on removing assets from a country aren't that uncommon. Many countries have them and more have had them historically. There is a small sub-field within economics that examines the effect of such restrictions.

  • What is that subfield called?
    – Nobody
    Commented Nov 14, 2017 at 10:35

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