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What do Theories of Tax Competition Predict for Capital Taxes in EU Countries? A Review of the Tax Competition Literature

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The paper reviews the theoretical literature on capital tax competition relevant for capital taxation in the European Union. The basic tax competition model a la Zodrow and Mierzkowski (1986) is presented, and the arguments of the literature are subsequently integrated into the framework of the basic tax competition model. The review includes models of tax competition where countries are assumed large, asymmetric, when there are more than one tax instrument, where there are more than one tax base, when government is assumed self-serving, and where democratic elections and political equilibrium are allowed for. Moreover, the consequences of agglomeration economies for tax competition pressures are reviewed and incorporated into the standard tax competition model.

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Paper provided by Economics Section, The Graduate Institute of International Studies in its series IHEID Working Papers with number 05-2002.

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Date of creation: Nov 2002
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Handle: RePEc:gii:giihei:heiwp05-2002

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Keywords: Tax Competition; Capital Taxation; Capital Mobility; European Integration; Agglomeration;

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  1. Stefan Gruber & Luigi Marattin, 2007. "No Taxation without Infrastructure," Working Paper Series 11-07, The Rimini Centre for Economic Analysis, revised Jul 2007.
  2. Baldwin, Richard & Forslid, Rikard, 2002. "Tax Competition and the Nature of Capital," CEPR Discussion Papers 3607, C.E.P.R. Discussion Papers.
  3. Sharma, Chanchal Kumar, 2007. "Rescuing the concept of vertical fiscal imbalance," MPRA Paper 39343, University Library of Munich, Germany, revised 2010.
  4. Sharma, Chanchal Kumar, 2010. "Beyond Gaps and Imbalances: Re-Structuring the Debate on Intergovernmental Fiscal Relations," MPRA Paper 32145, University Library of Munich, Germany.
  5. Agnès Bénassy-Quéré & Nicolas Gobalraja & Alain Trannoy, 2007. "Tax and public input competition," Economic Policy, CEPR & CES & MSH, vol. 22, pages 385-430, 04.
  6. Libman, Alexander, 2005. "Взаимодействие Государственных И Частных Структур В Интеграционных Группировах: Теоретические Подходы И Оп," MPRA Paper 17044, University Library of Munich, Germany.

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