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Search costs and corporate income tax competition

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  • Konrad, Kai A.

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This paper studies corporate tax competition if it is costly to learn some of the elements that determine the effective tax burden. Search cost may, but need not, eliminate the tax competition pressure. The outcome depends on the boundaries of tax rate and tax base choices. Search cost can explain the empirically observed tax cuts cum base broadening. -- Dieser Artikel untersucht den Körperschaftssteuerwettbewerb und insbesondere die Frage, ob es kostspielig ist, einige der Elemente in Erfahrung zu bringen, welche die effektive Steuerbelastung bestimmen. Suchkosten können, müssen aber nicht, den Druck des Steuerwettbewerbs aufheben. Das Resultat hängt von der Wahl der Steuerfreigrenzen und der Steuerbemessungsgrundlage ab. Suchkosten können die empirisch beobachteten Steuersenkungen, verbunden mit der Verbreiterung der Steuerbemessungsgrundlage, erklären.

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Paper provided by Social Science Research Center Berlin (WZB) in its series Discussion Papers, Research Professorship & Project "The Future of Fiscal Federalism" with number SP II 2010-11.

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Keywords: Costly search; tax competition; corporate taxation; monopoly pricing paradox;

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  1. Johannes Becker & Marco Runkel, 2010. "Even Small Trade Costs Restore Efficiency in Tax Competition," FEMM Working Papers 100023, Otto-von-Guericke University Magdeburg, Faculty of Economics and Management.
  2. Keisuke Kawata, 2013. "Capital market integration and optimal employment protection policies," IDEC DP2 Series 3-9, Hiroshima University, Graduate School for International Development and Cooperation (IDEC).

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