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Globalisation squeezes the public sector - is it so obvious?

  • Torben M. Andersen
  • Allan Sørensen


    (School of Economics and Management, University of Aarhus, Denmark)

It is widely perceived that globalization squeezes public sector activities by making taxation more costly. This is attributed to increased factor mobility and to a more elastic labour demand due to improved scope for relocation of production and thus employment across countries. We argue that this consensus view overlooks that gains from trade unambiguously work to lower the marginal costs of public funds, and moreover that globalization via increased trade in intermediaries may actually lower the labour demand elasticity.

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Paper provided by School of Economics and Management, University of Aarhus in its series Economics Working Papers with number 2008-08.

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Date of creation: 01 Sep 2008
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