Developing Country Second-Mover Advantage in Competition over Environmental Standards and Taxes
AbstractWe show that, in competition between a developed country and a developing country over environmental standards and taxes, the developing country may have a ‘second-mover advantage.’ In our model, firms do not unanimously prefer lower environmental-standard levels. We introduce this feature to an otherwise familiar model of fiscal competition. Four distinct outcomes can be characterized by varying the marginal cost to firms of an environmental externality: (1) the outcome may be efficient; (2) the developing country may be a ‘pollution haven’ - a place to escape excessively high environmental standards in the developed country; (3) the developing country may ‘undercut’ the developed country and attract all firms; (4) the developed country may be a pollution haven.
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Date of creation: 2011
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environmental standards; fiscal competition; second-mover advantage; tax competition.;
Other versions of this item:
- Valeska Groenert & Myrna Wooders & Ben Zissimos, 2010. "Developing Country Second-Mover Advantage in Competition over Environmental Standards and Taxes," Vanderbilt University Department of Economics Working Papers 1012, Vanderbilt University Department of Economics.
- Valeska Groenert & Ben Zissimos, 2011. "Developing Country Second-Mover Advantage in Competition over Environmental Standards and Taxes," Vanderbilt University Department of Economics Working Papers 1102, Vanderbilt University Department of Economics.
- H10 - Public Economics - - Structure and Scope of Government - - - General
- H25 - Public Economics - - Taxation, Subsidies, and Revenue - - - Business Taxes and Subsidies
- H73 - Public Economics - - State and Local Government; Intergovernmental Relations - - - Interjurisdictional Differentials and Their Effects
- H87 - Public Economics - - Miscellaneous Issues - - - International Fiscal Issues; International Public Goods
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