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Optimal income taxation with tax competition

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  • Vilen Lipatov

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    (Goethe University Frankfurt)

  • Alfons Weichenrieder

    (Goethe University Frankfurt, Vienna University of Economics and Business, and CESifo)

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We introduce tax competition for mobile labor into an optimal- taxation model with two skill levels and analyze a symmetric subgame- perfect Nash equilibrium of the game between two governments and two taxpayer populations. Tax competition reduces the distortion from the informational asymmetry and increases employment of the less productive individuals. When countries are heterogeneous, this e¤ect is more pronounced in the smaller country.

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Paper provided by Oxford University Centre for Business Taxation in its series Working Papers with number 1207.

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Keywords: optimal income tax; migration; unemployment; tax competition; Leviathan government;

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  1. Etienne Lehmann & Laurent Simula & Alain Trannoy, 2013. "Tax Me If You Can! Optimal Nonlinear Income Tax between Competing Governments," CESifo Working Paper Series 4351, CESifo Group Munich.
  2. Yu-Fu Chen & Michael Funke, 2010. "Global Warming And Extreme Events: Rethinking The Timing And Intensity Of Environmental Policy," Dundee Discussion Papers in Economics 236, Economic Studies, University of Dundee.
  3. Bierbrauer, Felix & Brett, Craig & Weymark, John A., 2013. "Strategic nonlinear income tax competition with perfect labor mobility," Games and Economic Behavior, Elsevier, vol. 82(C), pages 292-311.
  4. Sebastian G. Kessing & Bernhard Koldert, 2012. "Cross-Border Shopping and the Atkinson-Stiglitz Theorem," Volkswirtschaftliche Diskussionsbeiträge 158-12, Universität Siegen, Fakultät Wirtschaftswissenschaften, Wirtschaftsinformatik und Wirtschaftsrecht.

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