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Agglomeration, Migration and Tax Competition

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  • Kurt A. Hafner

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The paper focuses on tax competition and international migration in R&D sectors as agglomeration forces and trade restrictions are present. Core countries in economically integrating regions adapt tax rates to keep their industrial status quo. Unlike the often discussed “race to the bottom” result, tax rates are increased and the provision of public goods is maintained. Additionally, tax rates that redistribute between mobile and immobile labor lead to a tax burden that favors mobile labor. As economic integration continues, the cutback of factor mobility restrictions for skilled labor supports economic development in core countries at the expense of periphery countries.

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Paper provided by DEGIT, Dynamics, Economic Growth, and International Trade in its series DEGIT Conference Papers with number c011_027.

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Length: 28 pages JEL Classification: F12, F22, H73, R12
Date of creation: Jun 2006
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Handle: RePEc:deg:conpap:c011_027

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Keywords: Economic Geography; Agglomeration; Migration; Tax Competition;

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