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Is There Regional Tax Competition? Firm Level Evidence for Belgium

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  • Crabbé, Karen
  • Janssen, Boudewijn
  • Vandenbussche, Hylke

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This is the first Paper that looks at regional tax competition within one single country. In many countries in Europe, regions within a country differ substantially in their economic development and attractiveness to firms. Belgium is a typical example of a country where the economic situation of its three regions is very different. Our findings are indicative of regional tax competition, with a lower Effective Tax Rate (ETR) in the peripheral region of Wallonia than in Flanders. In addition to location variables, our empirical model explaining firm level heterogeneity in ETRs includes firm characteristics, sector membership and variables capturing statutory tax breaks.

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Paper provided by C.E.P.R. Discussion Papers in its series CEPR Discussion Papers with number 4721.

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Keywords: Belgian firms; company accounts; effective tax rates;

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  1. BEUSELINCK, Christof & DELOOF, Marc, . "Bussiness groups, taxes and accruals management," Working Papers 2006015, University of Antwerp, Faculty of Applied Economics.
  2. Crabb, Karen & De Bruyne, Karolien, 2010. "Taxes, Agglomeration Rents and Location Decisions of Firms," Working Papers 2010/28, Hogeschool-Universiteit Brussel, Faculteit Economie en Management.
  3. Sven Stö & Christian Traxler, 2005. "Tax Evasion and Auditing in a Federal Economy," International Tax and Public Finance, Springer, vol. 12(4), pages 515-531, August.
  4. Richard Baldwin & Toshihiro Okubo, 2009. "Tax Reform, Delocation, and Heterogeneous Firms," Scandinavian Journal of Economics, Wiley Blackwell, vol. 111(4), pages 741-764, December.
  5. Ilke Van Beveren, 2007. "Footloose Multinationals in Belgium?," Review of World Economics (Weltwirtschaftliches Archiv), Springer, vol. 143(3), pages 483-507, October.
  6. C. Dembour, 2008. "Competition for Business Location: A Survey," Journal of Industry, Competition and Trade, Springer, vol. 8(2), pages 89-111, June.

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