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Harmonization of Corporate Tax Systems and its Effect on Collusive Behavior

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  • Schindler, Dirk

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    (Meteorological Institute, University of Freiburg)

  • Schjelderup, Guttorm

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    (Dept. of Finance and Management Science, Norwegian School of Economics and Business Administration)

Abstract

We study how harmonization of corporate tax systems affects the stability of international cartels. We show that tax base harmonization reinforces collusive agreements, while harmonization of corporate tax rates may destabilize or stabilize cartels. We also find that bilateral and full harmonization to a common standard is worse from society’s point of view than unilateral harmonization to a minimum tax standard.

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Paper provided by Department of Business and Management Science, Norwegian School of Economics in its series Discussion Papers with number 2007/8.

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Length: 28 pages
Date of creation: 01 Mar 2007
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Handle: RePEc:hhs:nhhfms:2007_008

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Keywords: Corporate tax systems; tacit collusion;

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  1. Denvil Duncan & Ed Gerrish, 2014. "Personal income tax mimicry: evidence from international panel data," International Tax and Public Finance, Springer, vol. 21(1), pages 119-152, February.

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