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Tax Competition, Capital Mobility, and Public Good Provision within a Trading Block

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  • Hatzipanayotou, Panos
  • Hadjiyiannis, Costas
  • Michael, Michael S

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The authors examine a two-country general-equilibrium model of a two-country trading block where governments through tax policies attract mobile capital and provide an imported public consumption good. Within this framework the authors examine, among other things, how preferences over the public good and the size (population) of a country affect the Nash or cooperative equilibrium values of income tax rates in the two countries. The analysis identifies sufficient conditions under which (i) the Nash/cooperative equilibrium income tax rates are strategic substitutes or complements, and (ii) the Nash equilibrium income tax rates may be greater than the cooperative rates. Copyright 2002 by Blackwell Publishing Ltd.

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  • Hatzipanayotou, Panos & Hadjiyiannis, Costas & Michael, Michael S, 2002. "Tax Competition, Capital Mobility, and Public Good Provision within a Trading Block," Review of International Economics, Wiley Blackwell, vol. 10(3), pages 442-458, August.
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    1. Costas Hadjiyiannis & Panos Hatzipanayotou & Michael S. Michael, 2004. "Pollution and Capital Tax Competition within a Regional Block," CESifo Working Paper Series 1208, CESifo Group Munich.

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