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Globalisation squeezes the public sector—is it so obvious?

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  • Torben Andersen

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  • Allan Sørensen

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It is widely perceived that globalization squeezes public sector activities by making taxation more costly. This is attributed to increased factor mobility and to a more elastic labour demand due to improved scope for relocation of production and thus employment across countries. We argue that this consensus view overlooks that gains from trade unambiguously work to lower the marginal costs of public funds, and moreover that globalization via increased trade in intermediaries may actually lower the labour demand elasticity.

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

Volume (Year): 18 (2011)
Issue (Month): 4 (August)
Pages: 369-382

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Handle: RePEc:kap:itaxpf:v:18:y:2011:i:4:p:369-382

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Keywords: Globalization; Marginal costs of public funds; Labour taxation; F15; F4; H20; H40;

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Cited by:
  1. Chen, Yu-Fu & Görg, Holger & Görlich, Dennis & Molana, Hassan & Montagna, Catia & Temouri, Yama, 2014. "Globalisation and the Future of the Welfare State," IZA Policy Papers 81, Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA).
  2. Yu-Fu Chen & Holger Görg & Dennis Görlich & Hassan Molana & Catia Montagna & Yama Temouri, 2014. "Globalisation and the future of the welfare state," WWWforEurope Working Papers series 54, WWWforEurope.
  3. Torben M. Andersen & Allan Sørensen, 2013. "Product market integration, tax distortions and public sector size," Economics Working Papers 2013-28, School of Economics and Management, University of Aarhus.

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