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Tax rates as strategic substitutes

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  • Hendrik Vrijburg

    () (Erasmus University Rotterdam)

  • Ruud A. Mooij

    () (International Monetary Fund)

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Abstract This paper analytically derives conditions under which the slope of the tax-reaction function is negative in a classical tax competition model. If countries maximize welfare, a negative slope (reflecting strategic substitutability) occurs under relatively mild conditions. The strategic tax response is crucial for understanding tax competition games, as well as the welfare effects of partial tax unions (whereby a subset of countries coordinate their tax rates). Indeed, contrary to earlier findings that have assumed strategic complementarity in tax rates, we show that partial tax unions might reduce welfare under strategic substitutability.

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  • Hendrik Vrijburg & Ruud A. Mooij, 2016. "Tax rates as strategic substitutes," International Tax and Public Finance, Springer;International Institute of Public Finance, vol. 23(1), pages 2-24, February.
  • Handle: RePEc:kap:itaxpf:v:23:y:2016:i:1:d:10.1007_s10797-014-9345-9
    DOI: 10.1007/s10797-014-9345-9
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    Keywords

    Strategic substitutes; Asymmetry; Strategic tax response; Tax coordination;

    JEL classification:

    • E62 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Macroeconomic Policy, Macroeconomic Aspects of Public Finance, and General Outlook - - - Fiscal Policy
    • F21 - International Economics - - International Factor Movements and International Business - - - International Investment; Long-Term Capital Movements
    • H25 - Public Economics - - Taxation, Subsidies, and Revenue - - - Business Taxes and Subsidies
    • H77 - Public Economics - - State and Local Government; Intergovernmental Relations - - - Intergovernmental Relations; Federalism

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