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Optimal Income Taxation with Tax Competition

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  • Vilen Lipatov
  • Alfons Weichenrieder

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We introduce tax competition for mobile labor into an optimal-taxation model with two skill levels. We 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 effect is more pronounced in the smaller country.

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Paper provided by CESifo Group Munich in its series CESifo Working Paper Series with number 3108.

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Handle: RePEc:ces:ceswps:_3108

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

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  1. Laurent Simula, 2013. "Tax Competition and Migration," 2013 Meeting Papers, Society for Economic Dynamics 1126, Society for Economic Dynamics.
  2. LEHMANN, Etienne & Simula, Laurent & TRANNOY, Alain, 2013. "Tax Me If You Can! Optimal Nonlinear Income Tax between Competing Governments," Working Paper Series, Center for Fiscal Studies 2013:8, Uppsala University, Department of Economics.
  3. Felix Bierbrauer & Craig Brett & John A. Weymark, 2011. "Strategic Nonlinear Income Tax Competition with Perfect Labor Mobility," CESifo Working Paper Series 3329, CESifo Group Munich.
  4. Michael Funke & Yu-Fu Chen & Aaron Mehrota, 2011. "Global warming and extreme events: Rethinking the timing and intensity of environment policy," Quantitative Macroeconomics Working Papers, Hamburg University, Department of Economics 21105, Hamburg University, Department of Economics.
  5. 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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