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Economic integration and the choice of commodity tax base with endogenous market structures

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  • Scott McCracken

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    (Department of Economics, University of Otago)

  • Frank Staehler

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    (Department of Economics, University of Otago)

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This paper analyzes the choice of commodity tax base when countries set their taxes non-cooperatively in a two-country symmetric reciprocal dumping model of intra-industry trade with free entry and trade costs. We show that the consumption base (destination principle) dominates the production base (origin principle) when trade costs are high or demand is linear. For lower levels of trade costs and nonlinear demand, the welfare ranking of the two tax bases is ambiguous. Hence, there is no clear preference for a tax principle with an ongoing movement towards closer economic integration.

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Paper provided by University of Otago, Department of Economics in its series Working Papers with number 0701.

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Length: 31 pages
Date of creation: Feb 2007
Date of revision: Feb 2007
Handle: RePEc:otg:wpaper:0701

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Keywords: Economic integration; commodity taxation; trade; imperfect competition; endogenous market structures;

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Cited by:
  1. Kenji Fujiwara & Ryoma Kitamura, 2013. "A trade and domestic tax reform in imperfectly competitive markets," Discussion Paper Series 099, School of Economics, Kwansei Gakuin University, revised Jan 2013.
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  3. Kenji Fujiwara, 2014. "Tax Principles and Tariff-Tax Reforms under International Oligopoly," Discussion Paper Series 116, School of Economics, Kwansei Gakuin University, revised Mar 2014.

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