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Tax Principles and Capital Inflows: Is It Efficient to Tax Nonresident Income?

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  • Assaf Razin
  • Efraim Sadka
  • Chi-Wa Yuen

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Even though financial markets today show a high degree of integration, the world capital market is still far from the textbook story of high capital mobility. The failure to have a tax scheme in which the rate of returns across countries are equated can result in inefficient capital flows across countries. This comes from the interactions of market failure and the tax system. The purpose of this paper is to highlight some key sources of market failure in the context of international capital flows and to provide guidelines for efficient tax structure in the presence of capital market imperfections. We distinguish among three main types of international capital flows: foreign portfolio debt investment (FPDI), foreign portfolio equity investment (FPEI), and foreign direct investment (FDI). The paper emphasizes the efficiency of a non-uniform tax treatment of the various vehicles of international capital flows.

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Paper provided by National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc in its series NBER Working Papers with number 5513.

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Date of creation: Mar 1996
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Publication status: published as Journal of International Economics, 1997.
Handle: RePEc:nbr:nberwo:5513

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  1. Anyangah, Joshua Okeyo, 2010. "Financing investment in environmentally sound technologies: Foreign direct investment versus foreign debt finance," Resource and Energy Economics, Elsevier, vol. 32(3), pages 456-475, August.

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