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Enhanced Cooperation in an Asymmetric Model of Tax Competition

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  • Hendrik Vrijburg
  • Ruud A. De Mooij

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This paper analyzes enhanced cooperation agreements in corporate taxation in a three country tax competition model where countries differ in size. We characterize equilibrium tax rates and the optimal tax responses due to the formation of an enhanced cooperation agreement. Conditions for strategic complementarity or strategic substitutability of tax rates are crucial for the welfare effects of enhanced cooperation. Simulations show that enhanced cooperation is unlikely to be feasible for small countries. When enhanced cooperation is feasible, it may hamper global harmonization. Only when countries are of similar size is global harmonization a feasible outcome.

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Paper provided by CESifo Group Munich in its series CESifo Working Paper Series with number 2915.

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Handle: RePEc:ces:ceswps:_2915

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Keywords: tax coordination; asymmetry; enhanced cooperation agreements; strategic tax response;

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Cited by:
  1. Ruud A. de Mooij & Hendrik Vrijburg, 2012. "Tax Rates as Strategic Substitutes," Tinbergen Institute Discussion Papers 12-104/VI, Tinbergen Institute.
  2. Thomas Eichner & Rüdiger Pethig, 2013. "Self-enforcing capital tax coordination," Volkswirtschaftliche Diskussionsbeiträge 160-13, Universität Siegen, Fakultät Wirtschaftswissenschaften, Wirtschaftsinformatik und Wirtschaftsrecht.
  3. 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.

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