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Competing for Capital when Labor is Heterogeneous

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  • Jacques-François Thisse

    (PJSE - Paris-Jourdan Sciences Economiques - ENS Paris - École normale supérieure - Paris - EHESS - École des hautes études en sciences sociales - ENPC - École des Ponts ParisTech - CNRS - Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique, CEPR - Center for Economic Policy Research - CEPR, CORE - Center of Operation Research and Econometrics [Louvain] - UCL - Université Catholique de Louvain, Institute of Economic Research - Kyoto University [Kyoto], PSE - Paris School of Economics)

  • Yasuhiro Sato

    (Graduate School of Environmental Studies [Nagoya] - Nagoya University)

Abstract

This paper investigates the impacts of capital mobility and tax competition in a setting with imperfect matching between firms and workers. The small country attracts less firms than the large one but accommodates a share of the industry that exceeds its capital share--a reverse home market effect. This allows the small country to be more aggressive and to set a higher tax rate than the large one, thus implying that tax competition reduces international inequalities. However, the large country always attains a higher utility than does the small country. Our model thus encapsulates both the "importance of being small" and the "importance of being large". Last, tax harmonization benefits to the small country but is detrimental to the large one.

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  • Jacques-François Thisse & Yasuhiro Sato, 2007. "Competing for Capital when Labor is Heterogeneous," Post-Print halshs-00754191, HAL.
  • Handle: RePEc:hal:journl:halshs-00754191
    DOI: 10.1016/j.euroecorev.2007.01.007
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    1. Yasuhiro Sato & Kristian Behrens, 2006. "`Brain drain' without migration: Capital market integration and capital-skill complementarities," Economics Bulletin, AccessEcon, vol. 18(2), pages 1-9.
    2. Krautheim, Sebastian & Schmidt-Eisenlohr, Tim, 2011. "Heterogeneous firms, 'profit shifting' FDI and international tax competition," Journal of Public Economics, Elsevier, vol. 95(1-2), pages 122-133, February.
    3. Kaz Miyagiwa & Yasuhiro Sato, 2012. "Free Entry, Regulatory Competition, and Globalization," ISER Discussion Paper 0835, Institute of Social and Economic Research, Osaka University.
    4. Hayato Kato, 2017. "Lobbying and Tax Competition in an Oligopolistic Industry: A Reverse Home Market Effect," Keio-IES Discussion Paper Series 2017-028, Institute for Economics Studies, Keio University.
    5. Rüdiger Pethig & Frieder Kolleß, 2009. "Asymmetric Capital-Tax Competition, Unemployment and Losses from Capital Market Integration," CESifo Working Paper Series 2795, CESifo Group Munich.
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    7. OGAWA Hikaru & OSHIRO Jun & SATO Yasuhiro, 2012. "Capital Mobility—a resource curse or blessing? How, when, and for whom?," Discussion papers 12063, Research Institute of Economy, Trade and Industry (RIETI).
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    Keywords

    Local labor markets; Capital mobility; Reverse home market effect; Fiscal competition;

    JEL classification:

    • F21 - International Economics - - International Factor Movements and International Business - - - International Investment; Long-Term Capital Movements
    • H31 - Public Economics - - Fiscal Policies and Behavior of Economic Agents - - - Household
    • J31 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Wages, Compensation, and Labor Costs - - - Wage Level and Structure; Wage Differentials

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