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Incentives to Tax Foreign Investors

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    This paper shows that a small country can have incentives to tax inbound FDI even in a setting with perfect competition and free entry. While firms make no aggregate profits worldwide due to free entry, they make taxable profits in foreign production locations because their costs are partly incurred in their home countries. These profits are not perfectly mobile because firm productivity varies across locations. Consequently, the host country does not bear the entire burden of a tax on foreign firms, giving rise to an incentive to impose taxes. The standard zero optimal tax result can be recovered in this model under an apportionment system that ensures zero economic profits in each location.

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    Paper provided by Department of Economics, Colgate University in its series Working Papers with number 2016-02.

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    Date of creation: 01 Jan 2016
    Date of revision: 13 Sep 2016
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