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Search Costs and Corporate Income Tax Competition

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  • Kai A. Konrad

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This paper studies corporate tax competition if it is costly to learn some of the elements that determine the effective tax burden. Search cost may, but need not, eliminate the tax competition pressure. The outcome depends on the boundaries of tax rate and tax base choices. Search cost can explain the empirically observed tax cuts cum base broadening.

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Paper provided by CESifo Group Munich in its series CESifo Working Paper Series with number 3224.

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Date of creation: 2010
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Handle: RePEc:ces:ceswps:_3224

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Keywords: costly search; tax competition; corporate taxation; monopoly pricing paradox;

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Cited by:
  1. Johannes Becker & Marco Runkel, 2010. "Even Small Trade Costs Restore Efficiency in Tax Competition," FEMM Working Papers 100023, Otto-von-Guericke University Magdeburg, Faculty of Economics and Management.
  2. Keisuke Kawata, 2013. "Capital market integration and optimal employment protection policies," IDEC DP2 Series 3-9, Hiroshima University, Graduate School for International Development and Cooperation (IDEC).

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