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International Capital Mobility and Tax Evasion

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  • Giovannini, Alberto
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    This paper studies the welfare effects of international investment to evade domestic taxes on domestic investment income. Capital mobility for tax evasion eliminates distortions in the intertemporal allocation of consumption, but introduces distortions in domestic production. Conversely, a regime where residents pay taxes on all investment income, domestic and foreign, introduces distortions in intertemporal consumption allocation, but leaves domestic production distortion-free. The relative magnitude of the interest elasticity of savings and the interest elasticity of domestic investment determines the welfare effects of capital movements for the purpose of tax evasion.

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    Paper provided by C.E.P.R. Discussion Papers in its series CEPR Discussion Papers with number 231.

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    Date of creation: Mar 1988
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    Handle: RePEc:cpr:ceprdp:231

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    Keywords: Capital Controls; Capital Flight; Capital Mobility; International Investment; Tax Evasion;

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    Cited by:
    1. Alberto Giovannini & Martha de Melo, 1991. "Government Revenue from Financial Repression," NBER Working Papers 3604, National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.
    2. Joosung Jun, 1989. "U.S. Tax Policy and Direct Investment Abroad," NBER Working Papers 3049, National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.
    3. Marcel GĂ©rard, 2002. "Tax Competition, the Distribution of MNE's Ownership and the Wage Formation Process," CESifo Working Paper Series 631, CESifo Group Munich.
    4. Correia, Isabel H., 1996. "Dynamic optimal taxation in small open economies," Journal of Economic Dynamics and Control, Elsevier, vol. 20(4), pages 691-708, April.
    5. Joosung Jun, 1990. "U.S. Tax Policy and Direct Investment Abroad," NBER Chapters, in: Taxation in the Global Economy, pages 55-78 National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.

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