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Inefficiencies in regional commuting policy

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  • Toon VANDYCK
  • Stef PROOST

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This paper discusses investments in transport infrastructure and incentives for commuting taxes in a multiregional setting. We study the horizontal and vertical interactions between governments. We identify incentives for strategic and tax exporting behavior that might lead to underinvestment in transport infrastructure. Furthermore, we show that the intensity of the strategic behavior is affected by geographic firm ownership structure, the number of labor-supplying regions and the revenue-sharing mechanism in the federation. A numerical example applies the insights on commuting in Belgium.

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  • Toon VANDYCK & Stef PROOST, 2011. "Inefficiencies in regional commuting policy," Working Papers of Department of Economics, Leuven ces11.18, KU Leuven, Faculty of Economics and Business (FEB), Department of Economics, Leuven.
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