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Human Capital Investment and Globalization in Extortionary States

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  • Fredrik Andersson
  • Kai A. Konrad

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This paper considers education investment and public education policy in closed and open economies with an extortionary government. The extortionary government in a closed economy chooses an education policy in order to overcome a hold-up problem of time-consistent taxation similar to benevolent governments. The two types of government differ in their education policies if highly productive labor is mobile. Extortionary governments‘ incentives for a policy that stimulates higher private education efforts vanish; instead they have incentives to prevent individuals from mobility-increasing education investment. Tax competition therefore reduces hold-up problems of time-consistent extortionary taxation, but introduces other distortions that reduce workers' utility.

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Paper provided by CESifo Group Munich in its series CESifo Working Paper Series with number 703.

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Handle: RePEc:ces:ceswps:_703

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Keywords: migration; education; globalization; commitment; time consistent income taxation; globalisation;

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