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On the Sustainability of Partial Tax Harmonization among Asymmetric Countries

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  • Jun-ichi Itaya

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  • Makoto Okamura
  • Chikara Yamaguchi

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This paper investigates the conditions under which partial harmonization for capital taxation is sustained in a repeated interactions model of tax competition when there are three countries asymmetric in repect to their capital endowments. We show that regardless of the structure of the coalition (i.e., any group of asymmetric countries), whether partial tax harmonization is sustainable or not crucially depends on the capital endowment of the median country relative to those of the large and small countries. The most noteworthy finding is that the closer the capital endowment of the median country to the average capital endowment of the large and small countries, the less likely is the tax harmonization including the median country to prevail and the more likely is the partial tax harmonization excluding the median country to prevail

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  • Jun-ichi Itaya & Makoto Okamura & Chikara Yamaguchi, 2011. "On the Sustainability of Partial Tax Harmonization among Asymmetric Countries," ANU Working Papers in Economics and Econometrics 2011-540, Australian National University, College of Business and Economics, School of Economics.
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    1. Itaya, Jun-ichi & Okamura, Makoto & Yamaguchi, Chikara, 2014. "Partial tax coordination in a repeated game setting," European Journal of Political Economy, Elsevier, vol. 34(C), pages 263-278.

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    • H73 - Public Economics - - State and Local Government; Intergovernmental Relations - - - Interjurisdictional Differentials and Their Effects
    • F59 - International Economics - - International Relations, National Security, and International Political Economy - - - Other
    • F21 - International Economics - - International Factor Movements and International Business - - - International Investment; Long-Term Capital Movements

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