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Tariff Jumping Foreign Investment and Capital Taxation

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  • Vivek Dehejia
  • Alfons Weichenrieder

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This paper reconsiders the welfare effects of "tariff jumping" direct investment if mobile capital is subjected to taxation. In contrast to the conventional wisdom, the receiving country may in this case gain from the incremental inflow of capital, as this diverts tax revenues from the rest of the world. In the case of perfect capital mobility, this possibility becomes a certainty. Our argument provides one rationale for a small country to levy a distorting tariff in a second best world in which capital taxes already exist.

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Paper provided by CESifo Group Munich in its series CESifo Working Paper Series with number 260.

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Date of creation: 2000
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Handle: RePEc:ces:ceswps:_260

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Keywords: Capital taxation; tariff jumping; foreign direct investment;

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  1. Gilbert, John & Tower, Edward, 2002. "Protectionism, labor mobility, and immiserizing growth in developing economies," Economics Letters, Elsevier, vol. 75(1), pages 135-140, March.
  2. Luis Lanaspa & Fernando Pueyo & Fernando Sanz, 2008. "Foreign direct investment, industrial location and capital taxation," The Annals of Regional Science, Springer, vol. 42(2), pages 413-423, June.
  3. Ram Mudambi & Pietro Navarra & Andrew Delios, 2013. "Government regulation, corruption, and FDI," Asia Pacific Journal of Management, Springer, vol. 30(2), pages 487-511, June.
  4. Fuest, Clemens, 2005. "Economic integration and tax policy with endogenous foreign firm ownership," Journal of Public Economics, Elsevier, vol. 89(9-10), pages 1823-1840, September.
  5. Nitesh Saha & John Gilbert, 2004. "Immiserizing Growth in a Developing Economy Export Enclave," International Journal of Business and Economics, College of Business, and College of Finance, Feng Chia University, Taichung, Taiwan, vol. 3(3), pages 217-224, December.

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