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The Effect of State Corporate Income Tax Rate Cuts on Job Creation


  • Xiaobing Shuai
  • Christine Chmura


This paper compares the employment growth of states that enacted corporate income tax rate cuts in the past 23 years with those making no changes. Overall employment comparisons from 1990 to 2012 suggest that a reduction in the corporate income tax rate is associated with faster job creation. The states that cut corporate income tax rates started with slower employment growth than the states that made no changes. However, the growth gaps between the two groups of states disappeared in about five years after the tax cuts were made. Regression results confirm the observation that lower corporate tax rates have a significant and positive effect on employment growth. The enactment of a tax rate cut also has the additional but temporary benefit of promoting job creation as businesses adjust to the new tax rate. However, this benefit is temporary and only occurs during first year of the enactment of a tax cut.

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  • Xiaobing Shuai & Christine Chmura, 2013. "The Effect of State Corporate Income Tax Rate Cuts on Job Creation," Business Economics, Palgrave Macmillan;National Association for Business Economics, vol. 48(3), pages 183-193, July.
  • Handle: RePEc:pal:buseco:v:48:y:2013:i:3:p:183-193

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    Cited by:

    1. Antonio Estache & Brigitta Gersey, 2018. "Do Corporate Income Tax Rates Cuts Create Jobs? The European Experience," Working Papers ECARES 2018-01, ULB -- Universite Libre de Bruxelles.
    2. Antonio Estache & Beni Kouevi Gath, 2019. "Corporate Income Taxes and (Un-)Employment in the OECD," Working Papers ECARES 2019-11, ULB -- Universite Libre de Bruxelles.

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