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A Race beyond the Bottom: The Nature of Bidding for a Firm

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  • Taiji Furusawa
  • Kazumi Hori
  • Ian Wooton

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We examine how the bidding environment may affect the outcome of tax competition between two countries (or two regions) in attracting a firm’s foreign direct investment (FDI).We compare the equilibrium location choice and payoffs from an English auction, with both complete and incomplete information, relative to those in the traditional setting of a sealed-bid first-price auction. We find that an English auction leads to more aggressive bidding in “race beyond the bottom,” where the nations may bid beyond their own valuations of the FDI. We also discuss the roles of auction protocol and information asymmetry on the auction outcome.

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  • Taiji Furusawa & Kazumi Hori & Ian Wooton, 2010. "A Race beyond the Bottom: The Nature of Bidding for a Firm," CESifo Working Paper Series 3049, CESifo.
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    Keywords

    tax competition; foreign direct investment; international ownership; English auction; information asymmetry;
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    JEL classification:

    • F12 - International Economics - - Trade - - - Models of Trade with Imperfect Competition and Scale Economies; Fragmentation
    • F23 - International Economics - - International Factor Movements and International Business - - - Multinational Firms; International Business
    • H25 - Public Economics - - Taxation, Subsidies, and Revenue - - - Business Taxes and Subsidies
    • H73 - Public Economics - - State and Local Government; Intergovernmental Relations - - - Interjurisdictional Differentials and Their Effects

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