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Commodity Taxation and International Trade in Imperfect Markets

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  • Andreas Haufler
  • Guttorm Schjelderup
  • Frank Stähler

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This paper studies non-cooperative commodity taxation in a trade model with imperfect competition and trade costs. Nationally optimal tax policy simultaneously tries to correct the domestic distortion from imperfect competition and to shift rents to the home country. Importantly, this trade-off depends qualitatively on the international commodity tax regime in operation. For low levels of trade costs, we show that production-based commodity taxes dominate from a global welfare perspective, but this ranking is reversed in favor of consumption-based taxation when trade costs become sufficiently high.

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  • Andreas Haufler & Guttorm Schjelderup & Frank Stähler, 2000. "Commodity Taxation and International Trade in Imperfect Markets," CESifo Working Paper Series 376, CESifo Group Munich.
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    1. Andreas Haufler & Michael Pflüger, 2004. "International Commodity Taxation under Monopolistic Competition," Journal of Public Economic Theory, Association for Public Economic Theory, vol. 6(3), pages 445-470, August.
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    Keywords

    Commodity taxation; imperfect competition; strategic trade policy;

    JEL classification:

    • F12 - International Economics - - Trade - - - Models of Trade with Imperfect Competition and Scale Economies; Fragmentation
    • H20 - Public Economics - - Taxation, Subsidies, and Revenue - - - General

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