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The gains from preferential tax regimes reconsidered

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  • Carl Gaigné

    (SMART-LERECO - Structures et Marché Agricoles, Ressources et Territoires - INRA - Institut National de la Recherche Agronomique - AGROCAMPUS OUEST - Institut Agro - Institut national d'enseignement supérieur pour l'agriculture, l'alimentation et l'environnement)

  • Ian Wooton

    (University of Strathclyde [Glasgow])

Abstract

The EU policy against harmful tax competition aims at eliminating tax policies targeted at attracting the internationally mobile tax base. We construct an imperfectly competitive model of costly trade between two countries. In setting their corporate taxes, governments non-cooperatively decide whether to discriminate between internationally mobile and immobile firms. We find the Nash equilibrium tax regimes. When trade costs are high countries impose a uniform tax on all firms while nations will discriminate between mobile and immobile firms when costs are low. At some trade costs, fiscal competition results in tax discrimination despite uniform taxation being socially preferable.

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  • Carl Gaigné & Ian Wooton, 2011. "The gains from preferential tax regimes reconsidered," Post-Print hal-01462635, HAL.
  • Handle: RePEc:hal:journl:hal-01462635
    DOI: 10.1016/j.regsciurbeco.2010.08.002
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    Keywords

    economic modelling; international economics; tax; preferential tax regimes; tax competition; imperfect competition; trade costs; international trade; économie internationale; modélisation économique; taxe; commerce international; coût de transaction;
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    JEL classification:

    • H87 - Public Economics - - Miscellaneous Issues - - - International Fiscal Issues; International Public Goods
    • F12 - International Economics - - Trade - - - Models of Trade with Imperfect Competition and Scale Economies; Fragmentation

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