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Destination vs. Origin-based Commodity Taxation and the Location of Industry


  • Kristian Behrens

    (CORE - Center of Operation Research and Econometrics [Louvain] - UCL - Université Catholique de Louvain)

  • Jonathan H. Hamilton

    (University of Florida [Gainesville])

  • Gianmarco I.P. Ottaviano

    (UNIBO - Università di Bologna [Bologna], FEEM - Fondazione Eni Enrico Mattei - Fondazione Eni Enrico Mattei, CEPR - Center for Economic Policy Research - CEPR)

  • Jacques-François Thisse

    (CORE - Center of Operation Research and Econometrics [Louvain] - UCL - Université Catholique de Louvain, CEPR - Center for Economic Policy Research - CEPR, 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, PSE - Paris School of Economics)


We study the positive implications of commodity taxation and tax harmonization under the destination and origin principles when firms are monopolistic competitors facing variable demand elasticity and segmented markets. Our emphasis is on the international location of firms in the presence of market size asymmetries and trade costs. Under the destination principle, an increase in the tax rate of a country always causes some firms to relocate to the other. This effect may be reversed under the origin principle when economic integration is deep enough. Under tax harmonization the choice of a common tax principle is irrelevant for the market outcomes and for the global tax revenues. It affects, however, the distribution of revenues between small and large countries.

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  • Kristian Behrens & Jonathan H. Hamilton & Gianmarco I.P. Ottaviano & Jacques-François Thisse, 2007. "Destination vs. Origin-based Commodity Taxation and the Location of Industry," Post-Print halshs-00754215, HAL.
  • Handle: RePEc:hal:journl:halshs-00754215
    DOI: 10.1016/j.jinteco.2006.08.002
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