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Footloose Entrepreneurs, Taxes and Subsidies

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  • Pasquale Commendatore
  • Martin Currie
  • Ingrid Kubin

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Abstract This paper challenges the robustness of policy propositions of the New Economic Geography. Simply altering the temporal framework of the Footloose Entrepreneur model implies that the system can exhibit periodic cycles, chaotic orbits or agglomeration. Minute changes in a tax or subsidy rate can have dramatic, unpredictable and/or irreversible repercussions on the spatial location of manufacturing industry and on social welfare. The complexity of the dynamics is likely to be exacerbated by competition between governments employing subsidies to attract or retain entrepreneurs. The possibility of complex dynamical behaviour is not eliminated by assuming that entrepreneurs are ‘rational’.

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  • Pasquale Commendatore & Martin Currie & Ingrid Kubin, 2008. "Footloose Entrepreneurs, Taxes and Subsidies," Spatial Economic Analysis, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 3(1), pages 115-141.
  • Handle: RePEc:taf:specan:v:3:y:2008:i:1:p:115-141
    DOI: 10.1080/17421770701774914
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    1. Anna Agliari & Pasquale Commendatore & Ilaria Foroni & Ingrid Kubin, 2014. "Expectations and industry location: a discrete time dynamical analysis," Decisions in Economics and Finance, Springer;Associazione per la Matematica, vol. 37(1), pages 3-26, April.
    2. Tuinstra, Jan & Wegener, Michael & Westerhoff, Frank, 2014. "Positive welfare effects of trade barriers in a dynamic partial equilibrium model," Journal of Economic Dynamics and Control, Elsevier, vol. 48(C), pages 246-264.
    3. Commendatore, Pasquale & Michetti, Elisabetta & Purificato, Francesco, 2013. "Financial Development and Agglomeration," MPRA Paper 48425, University Library of Munich, Germany.
    4. Commendatore, Pasquale & Kubin, Ingrid & Sushko, Iryna, 2015. "Typical bifurcation scenario in a three region identical New Economic Geography model," Mathematics and Computers in Simulation (MATCOM), Elsevier, vol. 108(C), pages 63-80.
    5. Schmitt, Noemi & Tuinstra, Jan & Westerhoff, Frank, 2017. "Stability and welfare effects of profit taxes within an evolutionary market interaction model," BERG Working Paper Series 122, Bamberg University, Bamberg Economic Research Group.
    6. Pasquale Commendatore & Ingrid Kubin, 2016. "Source versus residence: A comparison from a new economic geography perspective," Papers in Regional Science, Wiley Blackwell, vol. 95(2), pages 201-222, June.
    7. Kuechle, Graciela, 2014. "Regional concentration of entrepreneurial activities," Journal of Economic Behavior & Organization, Elsevier, vol. 102(C), pages 59-73.
    8. Pasquale Commendatore & Ingrid Kubin & Carmelo Petraglia, 2008. "Productive Public Expenditure in a New Economic Geography Model," Economie Internationale, CEPII research center, issue 114, pages 133-160.
    9. Agliari, Anna & Commendatore, Pasquale & Foroni, Ilaria & Kubin, Ingrid, 2015. "Agglomeration dynamics and first nature asymmetries," Mathematics and Computers in Simulation (MATCOM), Elsevier, vol. 108(C), pages 81-98.
    10. L. Garrido-da-Silva & Sofia B.S.D. Castro & Paulo B. Vasconcelos, 2014. "Discrete dynamics for the core-periphery model," FEP Working Papers 528, Universidade do Porto, Faculdade de Economia do Porto.

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    Keywords

    New Economic Geography; Footloose Entrepreneurs; taxation; chaotic dynamics; F20; R1; R12;

    JEL classification:

    • F20 - International Economics - - International Factor Movements and International Business - - - General
    • R1 - Urban, Rural, Regional, Real Estate, and Transportation Economics - - General Regional Economics
    • R12 - Urban, Rural, Regional, Real Estate, and Transportation Economics - - General Regional Economics - - - Size and Spatial Distributions of Regional Economic Activity; Interregional Trade (economic geography)

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