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Competition in taxes and performance requirements for foreign direct investment

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  • Davies, Ronald B.
  • Ellis, Christopher J.

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Tax incentives offered to attract firms engaged in foreign direct investment are often tied to performance requirements such as domestic content restrictions. The tax competition literature has repeatedly shown that competition between municipalities for mobile firms tends to drive taxes to low levels. One would expect a comparable result for burdensome performance requirements. Despite this, the evidence suggests that while taxes have indeed been driven down, performance requirements are as popular as ever. We explain this seeming conundrum by showing that in the presence of spillovers, binding performance requirements can act as a coordination device for firms. In equilibrium, municipalities choose performance requirements which maximize joint surplus from investment. Competition between municipalities then transfers this surplus to firms via tax subsidies.
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  • Davies, Ronald B. & Ellis, Christopher J., 2007. "Competition in taxes and performance requirements for foreign direct investment," European Economic Review, Elsevier, vol. 51(6), pages 1423-1442, August.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:eecrev:v:51:y:2007:i:6:p:1423-1442
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    1. Ronald B. Davies & Carsten Eckel, 2010. "Tax Competition for Heterogeneous Firms with Endogenous Entry," American Economic Journal: Economic Policy, American Economic Association, vol. 2(1), pages 77-102, February.
    2. Valeska Groenert & Myrna Wooders & Ben Zissimos, 2009. "Developing Country Second-Mover Advantage in Competition Over Standards and Taxes," Vanderbilt University Department of Economics Working Papers 0909, Vanderbilt University Department of Economics.
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    7. Valesca Groenert & Myrna Wooders & Ben Zissimos, 2008. "Competition over Standards and Taxes," Vanderbilt University Department of Economics Working Papers 0820, Vanderbilt University Department of Economics.

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    • F21 - International Economics - - International Factor Movements and International Business - - - International Investment; Long-Term Capital Movements
    • F23 - International Economics - - International Factor Movements and International Business - - - Multinational Firms; International Business
    • H25 - Public Economics - - Taxation, Subsidies, and Revenue - - - Business Taxes and Subsidies

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