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Fiscal Competition in Space and Time: An Endogenous-Growth Approach

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  • Daniel Becker
  • Michael Rauscher

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Is tax competition good for economic growth? The paper addresses this question by means of a simple model of endogenous growth. There are many small jurisdictions in a large federation and individual governments benevolently maximise the welfare of immobile residents. Investment is costly: Quadratic installation and de-installation costs limit the mobility of capital. The paper looks at optimal taxation and long-run growth. In particular, the effects of variations in the cost parameter on economic growth and taxation are considered. It is shown that balanced endogenous growth paths do not always exist and effects of changes in installation costs are ambiguous.

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  • Daniel Becker & Michael Rauscher, 2007. "Fiscal Competition in Space and Time: An Endogenous-Growth Approach," CESifo Working Paper Series 2048, CESifo Group Munich.
  • Handle: RePEc:ces:ceswps:_2048
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    1. Thushyanthan Baskaran & Lars P. Feld & Jan Schnellenbach, 2014. "Fiscal Federalism, Decentralization and Economic Growth: Survey and Meta-Analysis," CESifo Working Paper Series 4985, CESifo Group Munich.
    2. Hashimzade, Nigar & Myles, Gareth D., 2010. "Growth And Public Infrastructure," Macroeconomic Dynamics, Cambridge University Press, vol. 14(S2), pages 258-274, November.
    3. Wildasin, David E., 2011. "Fiscal competition for imperfectly-mobile labor and capital: A comparative dynamic analysis," Journal of Public Economics, Elsevier, pages 1312-1321.
    4. Becker, Daniel Thomas, 2008. "Dynamic tax competition and public-sector modernisation," Thuenen-Series of Applied Economic Theory 56, University of Rostock, Institute of Economics.
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    JEL classification:

    • H70 - Public Economics - - State and Local Government; Intergovernmental Relations - - - General
    • F21 - International Economics - - International Factor Movements and International Business - - - International Investment; Long-Term Capital Movements
    • O00 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - General - - - General

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