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A Note on Intertemporal Fiscal Competition and Redistribution

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  • Kersten Kellermann

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    This paper studies fiscal competition among jurisdictions in a dynamic framework, where the degree of mobility of private capital across jurisdictions boundaries is perfect. The optimal tax on mobile capital is a source tax that taxes away factor rents. Further we show that taxation of mobile capital can redistribute income in favor of the immobile factor labor. This is because the factor rents generated by public inputs and appropriated by mobile capital exceed the efficient level of public expenditure for investments. Copyright Springer Science + Business Media, Inc. 2006

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    Article provided by Springer in its journal International Tax and Public Finance.

    Volume (Year): 13 (2006)
    Issue (Month): 2 (May)
    Pages: 151-161

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    Handle: RePEc:kap:itaxpf:v:13:y:2006:i:2:p:151-161

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    Keywords: fiscal competition; tax competition; public inputs; source tax; capital taxation; capital mobility;

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    1. Kellermann, Kersten, 2007. "Debt financing of public investment: On a popular misinterpretation of "the golden rule of public sector borrowing"," European Journal of Political Economy, Elsevier, vol. 23(4), pages 1088-1104, December.
    2. Matsumoto, Mutsumi & Feehan, James P., 2010. "Capital-tax financing and scale economies in public-input production," Regional Science and Urban Economics, Elsevier, vol. 40(2-3), pages 116-121, May.

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