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Corporate income taxes and entrepreneurship

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  • Jörn Block

    (University of Trier, Germany, and Erasmus University Rotterdam, the Netherlands)

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Corporate income taxation influences the quantity and type of entrepreneurship, which in turn affects economic development. Empirical evidence shows that higher corporate income tax rates reduce business density and entrepreneurship entry rates and increase the capital size of new firms. The progressivity of tax rates increases entrepreneurship entry rates, whereas highly complex tax codes reduce them. Policymakers should understand the effects and underlying mechanisms that determine how corporate income taxation influences entrepreneurship in order to provide a favorable business environment.

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  • Jörn Block, 2016. "Corporate income taxes and entrepreneurship," IZA World of Labor, Institute of Labor Economics (IZA), pages 257-257, May.
  • Handle: RePEc:iza:izawol:journl:y:2016:n:257
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    1. DOMBOU T., Dany R., 2017. "Liberté économique et entrepreneuriat en ASS : une approche par le genre
      [Economic freedom and entrepreneurship in SSA: a gender approach]
      ," MPRA Paper 80242, University Library of Munich, Germany.

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    Keywords

    entrepreneurship; self-employment; start-ups; business taxes; corporate income taxes;

    JEL classification:

    • L26 - Industrial Organization - - Firm Objectives, Organization, and Behavior - - - Entrepreneurship
    • H25 - Public Economics - - Taxation, Subsidies, and Revenue - - - Business Taxes and Subsidies

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