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Do Government Preferences Matter for Tax Competition?

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  • Yongzheng Liu

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This paper explores how government preferences a ect the choices of capital tax rates in the presence of tax competition. We develop a model in which governments, di erentiating in their preferences for economic development and regional equality, compete for mobile capital over corporation taxes. The key prediction of the model, borne out in data from OECD countries over the years 1990-2007, is that countries emphasizing more on economic development tend to choose lower level of corporate income tax rates than the counterparts that stressing more on regional equality. Our result contributes to the tax competition literature by advancing a new element, heterogeneous government preferences, as another potential source of asymmetric tax policy responses that is widely observed across countries.

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  • Yongzheng Liu, 2014. "Do Government Preferences Matter for Tax Competition?," International Center for Public Policy Working Paper Series, at AYSPS, GSU paper1428, International Center for Public Policy, Andrew Young School of Policy Studies, Georgia State University.
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    Tax competition; heterogeneous government preferences; asymmetric tax rates;
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    • H25 - Public Economics - - Taxation, Subsidies, and Revenue - - - Business Taxes and Subsidies
    • R11 - Urban, Rural, Regional, Real Estate, and Transportation Economics - - General Regional Economics - - - Regional Economic Activity: Growth, Development, Environmental Issues, and Changes
    • R50 - Urban, Rural, Regional, Real Estate, and Transportation Economics - - Regional Government Analysis - - - General

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