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Taxes, tariffs, and the global corporation

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  • Levinsohn, James
  • Slemrod, Joel

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In this paper we develop some simple models of optimal tax and tariff policy in the presence of global corporations that operate in an imperfectly competitive environment. The models emphasize two important differences in the practical application of tax and tariff policy - tax, but not tariff, policy can apply to offshore output and tariff, but not tax, policy can be industry-specific. Recognizing the multinationals' production decisions are endogenous to the tax and tariff policies they face, we investigate optimal tax or subsidy policies for domestically owned firms and optimal trade policy.
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  • Levinsohn, James & Slemrod, Joel, 1993. "Taxes, tariffs, and the global corporation," Journal of Public Economics, Elsevier, vol. 51(1), pages 97-116, May.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:pubeco:v:51:y:1993:i:1:p:97-116
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    2. Devereux, Michael P & Hubbard, R Glenn, 2003. "Taxing Multinationals," International Tax and Public Finance, Springer;International Institute of Public Finance, vol. 10(4), pages 469-487, August.
    3. Pauwels, Wilfried & Weverbergh, Marcel, 2005. "The Golden Rule in Transfer Pricing Regulation," Research Papers 24170, University of Antwerp, Faculty of Applied Economic Sciences.
    4. Chakrabarti, Avik, 2003. "A theory of the spatial distribution of foreign direct investment," International Review of Economics & Finance, Elsevier, vol. 12(2), pages 149-169.
    5. Kenji Matsui, 2012. "Auditing internal transfer prices in multinationals under monopolistic competition," International Tax and Public Finance, Springer;International Institute of Public Finance, vol. 19(6), pages 800-818, December.
    6. Janeba, Eckhard, 1996. "Foreign direct investment under oligopoly: Profit shifting or profit capturing?," Journal of Public Economics, Elsevier, vol. 60(3), pages 423-445, June.
    7. Konan, Denise Eby, 1997. "Strategic taxation of the multinational enterprise: A new argument for double taxation," Journal of Public Economics, Elsevier, vol. 63(2), pages 301-309, January.

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