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Economic Growth and Tax-Competing Leviathans

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  • Michael Rauscher

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Is tax competition good for economic growth? The paper addresses this question by means of a simple model of economic growth in which a wasteful Leviathan state sets taxes and provides a productive input. Wasteful behaviour is restricted by the voter, who reduces political support if her income is reduced. The intensity of tax competition is modelled via variation of a parameter measuring the mobility of the tax base. It is shown that the effects of increased mobility of the tax base on economic growth are ambiguous and that the elasticity of intertemporal substitution, which in this model equals the rate of intratemporal substitution between the government’s own consumption and its political support, is a decisive variable in this context. Copyright Springer Science + Business Media, Inc. 2005

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Volume (Year): 12 (2005)
Issue (Month): 4 (August)
Pages: 457-474

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Handle: RePEc:kap:itaxpf:v:12:y:2005:i:4:p:457-474

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Keywords: tax competition; economic growth; Leviathan;

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  1. Daniel Becker & Michael Rauscher, 2007. "Fiscal Competition in Space and Time: An Endogenous-Growth Approach," CESifo Working Paper Series 2048, CESifo Group Munich.
  2. Pierre Salmon, 2013. "Decentralization and growth: what if the cross-jurisdiction approach had met a dead end?," Constitutional Political Economy, Springer, vol. 24(2), pages 87-107, June.
  3. Geremia Palomba, 2008. "Capital income taxation and economic growth in open economies," International Tax and Public Finance, Springer, vol. 15(6), pages 668-692, December.
  4. Chu, Angus C. & Yang, C.C., 2012. "Fiscal centralization versus decentralization: Growth and welfare effects of spillovers, Leviathan taxation, and capital mobility," Journal of Urban Economics, Elsevier, vol. 71(2), pages 177-188.
  5. Michael Rauscher, 2007. "Tax Competition, Capital Mobility and Innovation in the Public Sector," German Economic Review, Verein für Socialpolitik, vol. 8, pages 28-40, 02.
  6. Bodman, Philip & Campbell, Harry & Le, Thanh, 2012. "Public investment, taxation, and long-run output in economies with multi-level governments," Economic Modelling, Elsevier, vol. 29(5), pages 1603-1611.
  7. Ulrich Hange, 2008. "Tax Competition, Elastic Labor Supply, and Growth," CESifo Working Paper Series 2338, CESifo Group Munich.
  8. Nigar Hashimzade & Gareth D. Myles, 2009. "Growth and Public Infrastructure," Economics & Management Discussion Papers em-dp2009-03, Henley Business School, Reading University.
  9. Batina, Raymond G., 2009. "Local capital tax competition and coordinated tax reform in an overlapping generations economy," Regional Science and Urban Economics, Elsevier, vol. 39(4), pages 472-478, July.

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