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Labor Mobility and Income Tax Competition

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  • Gwenael Piaser

    (CORE, Universtité catholique de Louvain)

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This paper provides a model of nonlinear income taxation in a context of international mobility. We consider two identical countries, in which each government chooses non-cooperatively redistributive taxes. It is shown that when skilled workers can move at low cost, the income taxation does not involve distortions. When the cost to move becomes high for skilled workers, taxation policy is less redistributive but qualitatively similar to the taxation policy in autarky. Moreover, the mobility of the unskilled workers does not affect the income taxation when both countries have Rawlsian objectives.

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Paper provided by EconWPA in its series Public Economics with number 0302002.

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Length: 26 pages
Date of creation: 04 Feb 2003
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Handle: RePEc:wpa:wuwppe:0302002

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Keywords: Fiscal Competition; Labor Mobility; Optimal Taxation; Mechanism Design;

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  1. Craig Brett & John Weymark, 2008. "Strategic Nonlinear Income Tax Competition with Perfect Labor Mobility," Vanderbilt University Department of Economics Working Papers 0812, Vanderbilt University Department of Economics.
  2. Laurent Simula & Alain Trannoy, 2011. "Shall we Keep the Highly Skilled at Home? The Optimal Income Tax Perspective," CESifo Working Paper Series 3326, CESifo Group Munich.
  3. Tomer Blumkin & Efraim Sadka & Yotam Shem-Tov, 2011. "Labor Migration and the Case for Flat Tax," CESifo Working Paper Series 3471, CESifo Group Munich.
  4. Lehmann, Etienne & Simula, Laurent & Trannoy, Alain, 2013. "Tax Me If You Can! Optimal Nonlinear Income Tax between Competing Governments," IZA Discussion Papers 7646, Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA).
  5. Vilen Lipatov & Alfons Weichenrieder, 2010. "Optimal Income Taxation with Tax Competition," CESifo Working Paper Series 3108, CESifo Group Munich.
  6. Jean-Marie Lozachmeur & Pierre Pestieau & Jon Hamilton, 2002. "Rawlsian governments and the race to the bottom," Economics Bulletin, AccessEcon, vol. 8(2), pages 1-6.
  7. GABSZEWICZ, Jean & TAROLA, Ornella, 2011. "Migration, wage differentials and fiscal competition," CORE Discussion Papers 2011065, Université catholique de Louvain, Center for Operations Research and Econometrics (CORE).
  8. Tomer Blumkin & Efraim Sadka & Yotam Shem-Tov, 2012. "International Tax Competition: Zero Tax Rate at the Top Re-established," CESifo Working Paper Series 3820, CESifo Group Munich.
  9. Andrea Attar & Eloisa Campioni & Gwenaël Piaser, 2014. "Competing Mechanisms Communication under Exclusivity Clauses," Working Papers 2014-048, Department of Research, Ipag Business School.
  10. Laurent Simula, 2013. "Tax Competition and Migration," 2013 Meeting Papers 1126, Society for Economic Dynamics.

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