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Taxation and Incomplete Contracts

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  • Simone Moriconi

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    (DISCE,Università Cattolica)

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This paper analyzes the impact of taxation on economic efficiency when contracts are incomplete, firms operate in a perfect competitive market and can choose between integrated or non-integrated governance to cope with contract incompleteness. Taxation reduces incentives to pursue intra-firm coordination, thus the efficiency of firm's production process under non-integration. This is not the case under integration, since production decisions are transferred to the Headquarters, at a fixed integration cost. Taxation may then induce firms to change their organization at the industry equilibrium. We show that a tax that induces firms to choose integration rather than non-integration may serve a corrective function if integration costs and market prices are not too high.

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Paper provided by Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, Dipartimenti e Istituti di Scienze Economiche (DISCE) in its series DISCE - Quaderni dell'Istituto di Teoria Economica e Metodi Quantitativi with number itemq1263.

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Length: 32 pages
Date of creation: Jul 2012
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Handle: RePEc:ctc:serie6:itemq1263

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Keywords: taxation; incomplete contracts; economic efficiency;

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