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Exports, Foreign Direct Investment and the Costs of Corporate Taxation

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  • Christian Keuschnigg

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    (University of St.Gallen (IFF-HSG), CEPR and CESifo)

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This paper develops a model of a monopolistically competitive industry with extensive and intensive business investment and shows how these margins respond to changes in average and marginal corporate tax rates. Intensive investment refers to the size of a firm’s capital stock. Extensive investment refers to the firm’s production location and reflects the trade-off between exports and foreign direct investment as alternative modes of foreign market access. The paper derives comparative static effects of the corporate tax and shows how the cost of public funds depends on the measures of effective marginal and average tax rates and on the behavioral elasticities of extensive and intensive investment.

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Paper provided by Oxford University Centre for Business Taxation in its series Working Papers with number 0708.

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Keywords: Exports; foreign direct investment; corporate taxation; extensive and intensive investment; effective tax rates; costs of public funds;

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Cited by:
  1. Christian Keuschnigg, 2008. "Corporate Taxation and the Welfare State," University of St. Gallen Department of Economics working paper series 2008 2008-18, Department of Economics, University of St. Gallen.
  2. Christian Keuschnigg, 2007. "Exports, Foreign Direct Investment and the Costs of Corporate Taxation," FIW Working Paper series 005, FIW.
  3. Christian Keuschnigg & Evelyn Ribi, 2007. "Outsourcing, Unemployment and Welfare Policy," Working Papers 0720, Oxford University Centre for Business Taxation.
  4. Christian Keuschnigg, 2009. "The Role of Corporate Taxation in a Large Welfare State," Swiss Journal of Economics and Statistics (SJES), Swiss Society of Economics and Statistics (SSES), vol. 145(IV), pages 443-452, December.
  5. Keuschnigg, Christian & Keuschnigg, Mirela, 2012. "Transition Strategies In Enacting Fundamental Tax Reform," National Tax Journal, National Tax Association, vol. 65(2), pages 357-85, June.
  6. Egger, Peter & Eggert, Wolfgang & Keuschnigg, Christian & Winner, Hannes, 2010. "Corporate taxation, debt financing and foreign-plant ownership," European Economic Review, Elsevier, vol. 54(1), pages 96-107, January.

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