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Capital Taxation May Survive in Open Economies

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  • Michael Braulke

    (University of Osnabruck)

  • Giacomo Corneo

    () (Department of Economics, Free University of Berlin)

Abstract

Why do capital taxes still exist in an integrated world economy? When capital is perfectly mobile across countries and labour is fixed, a source-based tax on capital both reduces and redistributes world income. In a simple general equilibrium model we show that under plausible circumstances there always exists a country that bene¡¥ts from introducing such a tax. Countries that are richer in terms of human rather than ¡¥nancial capital tend to benefit from capital taxation.

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  • Michael Braulke & Giacomo Corneo, 2004. "Capital Taxation May Survive in Open Economies," Annals of Economics and Finance, Society for AEF, vol. 5(2), pages 237-244, November.
  • Handle: RePEc:cuf:journl:y:2004:v:5:i:2:p:237-244
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    1. Kangoh Lee, 2012. "Why is mobile capital taxed?," Journal of Economics, Springer, vol. 107(2), pages 157-181, October.
    2. Riedl, Arno & van Winden, Frans, 2012. "Input versus output taxation in an experimental international economy," European Economic Review, Elsevier, vol. 56(2), pages 216-232.
    3. Corneo, Giacomo, 2005. "Steuern die Steuern Unternehmensentscheidungen?," Discussion Papers 2005/3, Free University Berlin, School of Business & Economics.

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    Keywords

    International capital taxation; Redistribution; Incidence;

    JEL classification:

    • H2 - Public Economics - - Taxation, Subsidies, and Revenue

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