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Gains from International Factor Movements without Lump-Sum Compensation: Taxation by Location versus Nationality

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  • Richard A. Brecher
  • Ehsan U. Choudhri

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This paper questions the feasibility of Pareto-type gains from international factor movements, without lump-sum compensations, when taxes (subsidies) on factors and consumers located within the same country cannot discriminate on the basis of national origin. As the analysis shows, no incentive-compatible scheme of taxation based on location (versus nationality) is a feasible mechanism for ensuring that free factor mobility always raises every home nation's welfare above the autarkic level. This result introduces a note of pessimism about the possibility of avoiding distributional problems associated with factor movements between countries.

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Article provided by Canadian Economics Association in its journal Canadian Journal of Economics.

Volume (Year): 23 (1990)
Issue (Month): 1 (February)
Pages: 44-59

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Handle: RePEc:cje:issued:v:23:y:1990:i:1:p:44-59

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  1. Jaume Sempere, 2008. "Redistribution as a Local Public Good Subject to Congestion," Economia Mexicana NUEVA EPOCA, , vol. 0(1), pages 49-62, January-J.
  2. Peter J. Hammond & Jaume Sempere, 2006. "Gains from Trade versus Gains from Migration: What Makes Them So Different?," Journal of Public Economic Theory, Association for Public Economic Theory, vol. 8(1), pages 145-170, 01.
  3. Feenstra, Robert C. & Lewis, Tracy R., 1994. "Trade adjustment assistance and Pareto gains from trade," Journal of International Economics, Elsevier, vol. 36(3-4), pages 201-222, May.
  4. Robert C. Feenstra & Tracy R. Lewis & John McMillan, 1990. "Designing Policies to Open Trade," NBER Working Papers 3258, National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.

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