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The Impact Of Taxes On Trade Competitiveness

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  • Stacie Beck

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    (Department of Economics,University of Delaware)

  • Alexis Chaves

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    (Bureau of Economic Analysis)

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Few macroeconomic studies exist on the effects of taxes on international trade. Our hypothesis is that higher tax rates raise a country’s production costs, leading to a decrease in exports in the long run. With panel data for 25 OECD countries, we use average effective tax rates on consumption, labor income and capital income to examine their impact on bilateral trade. We find that that all three types of taxes reduce the flow of international trade.

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Paper provided by University of Delaware, Department of Economics in its series Working Papers with number 11-09.

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Length: 32 pages
Date of creation: 2011
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Handle: RePEc:dlw:wpaper:11-09.

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Keywords: tax ratio; average effective tax rate; international trade;

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