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Cross-border pollution, public pollution abatement and capital tax competition

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  • Costas Hadjiyiannis
  • Panos Hatzipanayotou
  • Michael S. Michael

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We analyze the case where governments have to use income tax revenue to finance public pollution abatement and relate the results to the existing literature on capital tax competition. We show that the impact of public pollution abatement on Nash taxes on mobile factor income is non-trivial and the standard results from the tax competition literature can be reversed. When the two countries are identical, the Nash equilibrium capital income taxes converge to the tax on immobile factors income as the degree of cross-border pollution converges to one. When countries are asymmetric and pollution is local the presence of public pollution abatement lowers the capital tax for the capital exporting country, while the impact on the capital tax of the capital importing country is ambiguous.

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  • Costas Hadjiyiannis & Panos Hatzipanayotou & Michael S. Michael, 2014. "Cross-border pollution, public pollution abatement and capital tax competition," The Journal of International Trade & Economic Development, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 23(2), pages 155-178, March.
  • Handle: RePEc:taf:jitecd:v:23:y:2014:i:2:p:155-178
    DOI: 10.1080/09638199.2012.693128
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