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The seesaw principle in international tax policy

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  • Slemrod, Joel
  • Hansen, Carl
  • Procter, Roger

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The standard analysis of the optimal international tax policy of a small country typically assumes that the country either imports or exports capital, but does not do both. This paper considers the situation in which a small country both exports and imports capital and can alter its tax on one or the other, but not both. In each case, a 'seesaw' relationship is identified, in which the optimal tax on the income from capital exports (imports) is inversely related to the given tax rate on income from capital imports (exports). The standard results for optimal taxation of capital exports and imports are shown to be special cases of the more general seesaw principle.

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Article provided by Elsevier in its journal Journal of Public Economics.

Volume (Year): 65 (1997)
Issue (Month): 2 (August)
Pages: 163-176

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Handle: RePEc:eee:pubeco:v:65:y:1997:i:2:p:163-176

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