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The Politics of 1992: Fiscal Policy and European Integration

  • Persson, Torsten
  • Tabellini, Guido

The internal market in Europe will greatly increase the international mobility. How will this affect fiscal policy in different countries? The authors consider taxation of capital in a two-country model where a democratically chosen government in each country chooses tax policy. Higher capital mobility changes the politico-economic equilibrium in two ways. On the one hand, it leads to more tax competition between the countries: this "economic effect" tends to lower tax rates in both countries. On the other hand, it alters voters' preferences and makes them elect a different government: this "political effect" offsets the increased tax competition, although not completely. Copyright 1992 by The Review of Economic Studies Limited.

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Volume (Year): 59 (1992)
Issue (Month): 4 (October)
Pages: 689-701

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