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Coveting Thy Neighbors' Taxation

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  • Rork, Jonathan C.

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Recent research has shown that a state’s overall tax burden is dependent on that of neighboring states. By disaggregating a state’s tax burden into its individual components, this paper demonstrates that during the period of 1967–1996, state taxes with a mobile tax base had positive response rates as high as 60 percent. Thus, a 10 percent increase in neighboring states’ rates was met by an increase of up to 6 percent in the home state’s rate. Taxes with relatively immobile tax bases exhibit negative responsiveness, meaning that states respond to rate increases in neighboring states by decreasing home rates.

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  • Rork, Jonathan C., 2003. "Coveting Thy Neighbors' Taxation," National Tax Journal, National Tax Association;National Tax Journal, vol. 56(4), pages 775-787, December.
  • Handle: RePEc:ntj:journl:v:56:y:2003:i:4:p:775-87
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