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Market size, product differentiation and bidding for new varieties

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  • Jie Ma

    (University of International Business and Economics)

  • Ian Wooton

    (University of Strathclyde
    CEPR
    CESifo)

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We analyse a firm’s investment decision in a regional economy composed of two countries. The firm already manufactures a horizontally differentiated good in the region, and we determine the firm’s equilibrium location choice for the new good and the welfare consequences of fiscal competition between the two countries. We find that the firm’s location decision is efficient. Fiscal competition does not affect the location of production but merely redistributes rents between the firm and the taxpayers of the host country. As far as we know, the tax competition literature has not previously addressed the issue of product differentiation.

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  • Jie Ma & Ian Wooton, 2020. "Market size, product differentiation and bidding for new varieties," International Tax and Public Finance, Springer;International Institute of Public Finance, vol. 27(2), pages 257-279, April.
  • Handle: RePEc:kap:itaxpf:v:27:y:2020:i:2:d:10.1007_s10797-019-09559-4
    DOI: 10.1007/s10797-019-09559-4
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    Keywords

    FDI; Import substitution; Market size; MNEs; Product differentiation;
    All these keywords.

    JEL classification:

    • 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
    • H21 - Public Economics - - Taxation, Subsidies, and Revenue - - - Efficiency; Optimal Taxation
    • H25 - Public Economics - - Taxation, Subsidies, and Revenue - - - Business Taxes and Subsidies
    • L22 - Industrial Organization - - Firm Objectives, Organization, and Behavior - - - Firm Organization and Market Structure

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