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Consumption tax competition among governments: Evidence from the United States

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  • Jan Jacobs
  • Jenny Ligthart

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  • Hendrik Vrijburg

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The paper contributes to a small but growing literature that estimates tax re- action functions of governments competing with other governments. We analyze consumption tax competition between US states, employing a panel of state-level data for 1977-2003. More specifically, we study the impact of a state's spatial characteristics|that is, its size, geographic position, and border length on the strategic interaction with its neighbors. For this purpose, we calculate for each state an average effective consumption tax rate, which covers both sales and excise taxes. In addition, we pay attention to dynamics by including lagged dependent variables in the tax reaction function. We find overwhelming evidence for strategic interaction among state governments, but only partial support for the effect of spatial character- istics on tax setting. Tax competition seems to have lessened in the 1990s compared to the early 1980s.

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

Volume (Year): 17 (2010)
Issue (Month): 3 (June)
Pages: 271-294

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Handle: RePEc:kap:itaxpf:v:17:y:2010:i:3:p:271-294

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Keywords: Tax competition; Tax reaction function; Consumption taxation; Spatial lag; H73; H87; H20; H70; C33;

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  1. Yongzheng Liu, 2014. "Does Competition for Capital Discipline Governments? The Role of Fiscal Equalization," International Center for Public Policy Working Paper Series, at AYSPS, GSU paper1404, International Center for Public Policy, Andrew Young School of Policy Studies, Georgia State University.
  2. Paizs, László, 2009. "Gázolaj-jövedékiadó verseny az Európai Unióban
    [Fiscal competition on the market for diesel fuel in the European Union]
    ," Közgazdasági Szemle (Economic Review - monthly of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences), Közgazdasági Szemle Alapítvány (Economic Review Foundation), vol. 0(3), pages 216-238.
  3. Sebastian Kessing & Bernhard Koldert, 2013. "Cross-border shopping and the Atkinson–Stiglitz theorem," International Tax and Public Finance, Springer, vol. 20(4), pages 618-630, August.
  4. David Bartolini & Raffaella Santolini, 2012. "Political yardstick competition among Italian municipalities on spending decisions," The Annals of Regional Science, Springer, vol. 49(1), pages 213-235, August.
  5. Bob Chirinko & Daniel J. Wilson, 2007. "Tax competition among U.S. states: racing to the bottom or riding on a seesaw?," Working Paper Series 2008-03, Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco.
  6. Yongzheng Liu & Jorge Martinez-Vazquez, 2014. "Inter-Jurisdictional Tax Competition In China," International Center for Public Policy Working Paper Series, at AYSPS, GSU paper1403, International Center for Public Policy, Andrew Young School of Policy Studies, Georgia State University.
  7. Michael Keen & Kai A. Konrad, 2012. "International Tax Competition and Coordination," Working Papers international_tax_competi, Max Planck Institute for Tax Law and Public Finance.
  8. Enlinson Mattos & Ricardo Politi, 2014. "Pro-poor tax policy and yardstick competition: a spatial investigation for VAT relief on food in Brazil," The Annals of Regional Science, Springer, vol. 52(1), pages 279-307, January.
  9. Leonzio Rizzo & Alejandro Esteller - Moré, 2011. "US Excise Tax Horizontal Interdependence: Yardstick vs. Tax Competition," Working Papers 201116, University of Ferrara, Department of Economics.
  10. Alejandro Esteller-Moré & Leonzio Rizzo, 2010. "Politics or mobility? Evidence from us excise taxation," Working Papers 2010/3, Institut d'Economia de Barcelona (IEB).

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