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Local Fiscal Strategy to Retain Heterogeneous Firms

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  • Kilkenny, Maureen
  • Melkonian, Tigran A.

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This paper is about the strategy of retaining unobserveably heterogeneous firms attracted by unobserveably valued outside alternatives. We prove that differentiating tax/public good fiscal packages within one?s own locale dominates offering the same packages to all firms. We rationalize the full range of observed practice by considering more than one type of firm, more than one type of fiscal instrument, and all kinds of utility in alternative locations, under asymmetric information. Mobile agents can earn rents under some conditions, and immobile agents earn rents under others. Ways to minimize budgetary exposure in tax wars and effects on the composition of local economies are discussed.

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Paper provided by Iowa State University, Department of Economics in its series Staff General Research Papers with number 10166.

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Date of creation: 01 Nov 2002
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Publication status: Published in Journal of Regional Science, November 2002, vol. 42 no. 4, pp. 753-771
Handle: RePEc:isu:genres:10166

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