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Ist Deutschland Hoch- oder Niedrigsteuerland? Der Versuch einer Synthese

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  • Johannes Becker
  • Clemens Fuest

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The debate about Germany as a high or low tax country is nourished by the fact that different concepts of measuring the effective tax burden of company profits arrive at contradictory results. Depending on the indicator used, the tax burden of firms is high or low in international comparison. We discuss the reasons for differences in results and propose an indicator which combines competing measurement concepts and can thus be understood as a synthesis of both. Copyright Verein für Socialpolitik und Blackwell Publishers Ltd, 2006

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  • Johannes Becker & Clemens Fuest, 2006. "Ist Deutschland Hoch- oder Niedrigsteuerland? Der Versuch einer Synthese," Perspektiven der Wirtschaftspolitik, Verein für Socialpolitik, vol. 7(1), pages 35-42, February.
  • Handle: RePEc:bla:perwir:v:7:y:2006:i:1:p:35-42
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    1. Stefan Bach, 2013. "Has German Business Income Taxation Raised too Little Revenue over the Last Decades?," Discussion Papers of DIW Berlin 1303, DIW Berlin, German Institute for Economic Research.
    2. Gebhardt, Heinz & Siemers, Lars-H. R., 2011. "Die relative Steuerlast mittelständischer Kapitalgesellschaften
      [The relative tax burden of medium-sized corporations in Germany]
      ," MPRA Paper 28894, University Library of Munich, Germany.
    3. Johannes Becker & Clemens Fuest, 2007. "Steuerpolitische Perspektiven der Unternehmensteuerreform 2008," Vierteljahrshefte zur Wirtschaftsforschung / Quarterly Journal of Economic Research, DIW Berlin, German Institute for Economic Research, vol. 76(2), pages 39-48.
    4. Dietrich, Maik, 2009. "Entscheidungswirkungen einer europaweit harmonisierten Konzernbesteuerung
      [Impacts of European Group Taxation]
      ," MPRA Paper 59870, University Library of Munich, Germany.
    5. repec:lus:zwipol:v:66:y:2017:i:1:p:1-35:n:3 is not listed on IDEAS
    6. Maik Dietrich & Dirk Kiesewetter & Sonja Moosmann, 2008. "Schwedische Direktinvestitionen in Deutschland und in Österreich - Eine empirische Untersuchung der,,gefühlten Steuerbelastung"," Perspektiven der Wirtschaftspolitik, Verein für Socialpolitik, vol. 9(1), pages 62-82, February.
    7. Dreßler, Daniel, 2012. "The impact of corporate taxes on investment: An explanatory empirical analysis for interested practitioners," ZEW Discussion Papers 12-040, ZEW - Zentrum für Europäische Wirtschaftsforschung / Center for European Economic Research.
    8. Gebhardt Heinz & Siemers Lars-H. R., 2017. "Die relative Steuerbelastung mittelständischer Kapitalgesellschaften: Evidenz von handelsbilanziellen Mikrodaten," Zeitschrift für Wirtschaftspolitik, De Gruyter, vol. 66(1), pages 1-35, April.
    9. Becker Johannes & Fuest Clemens, 2006. "Observable Depreciation Deductions and the Effective Marginal Tax Burden on Investment," Journal of Economics and Statistics (Jahrbuecher fuer Nationaloekonomie und Statistik), De Gruyter, vol. 226(4), pages 346-360, August.

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