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An Efficiency Analysis of Consumption and Production Taxation with an Application to Value-Added Taxation

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The usual arguments pro destination-based, consumption-oriented or pro origin-based, production-oriented VAT are found wanting. They largely ignore tax effects on locational choices of firms. This paper provides a comparison of consumption and production taxation within a model of firm and household mobility. It is shown that the case for consumption taxation becomes stronger when profit taxes are not available. The consumption tax is the more targeted instrument when households are to be induced to locate efficiently. It is argued that, with border controls lacking, the alternative option should be seen more in a wage tax and less in a production tax. Copyright Kluwer Academic Publishers 2000

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  • Wolfram Richter, 2000. "An Efficiency Analysis of Consumption and Production Taxation with an Application to Value-Added Taxation," International Tax and Public Finance, Springer;International Institute of Public Finance, vol. 7(1), pages 23-41, February.
  • Handle: RePEc:kap:itaxpf:v:7:y:2000:i:1:p:23-41
    DOI: 10.1023/A:1008702012307
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    1. Wolfgang Eggert & Bernd Genser, 2001. "Is Tax Harmonization Useful?," International Tax and Public Finance, Springer;International Institute of Public Finance, vol. 8(4), pages 511-527, August.

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