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On tax competition, public goods provision and jurisdictions' size

  • Pieretti, Patrice
  • Zanaj, Skerdilajda

In this paper, we analyze competition among jurisdictions to attract foreign capital through low taxes and public inputs that enhance firms' productivity. The competing jurisdictions are different in size and mobility of capital is costly. We find that for moderate mobility costs, small economies can attract foreign capital by supplying higher levels of public goods than larger jurisdictions, without practicing tax undercutting. The classical result that small jurisdictions are attractive because they engage in tax dumping is recovered only for high mobility costs of capital.

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Volume (Year): 84 (2011)
Issue (Month): 1 (May)
Pages: 124-130

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Handle: RePEc:eee:inecon:v:84:y:2011:i:1:p:124-130
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