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Tax Competition and the Choice of Tax Structure in a Majority Voting Model

  • Rainald Borck

This note studies the choice of tax structure in a majority voting model with tax competition. Regions may tax mobile capital or immobile labor. Individuals differ with respect to their relative endowments of labor and capital. Even though a lump sum tax is available, the equilibrium capital tax in a jurisdiction may be positive. In a symmetric equilibrium, this will be true if the median capital endowment is smaller than average.

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Paper provided by DIW Berlin, German Institute for Economic Research in its series Discussion Papers of DIW Berlin with number 335.

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Length: 11 p.
Date of creation: 2003
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Handle: RePEc:diw:diwwpp:dp335
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