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Commodity Taxation and international Trade in Imperfect Markets

  • Andreas Haufler

    (University of Goettingen and CESifo)

  • Guttorm Schjelderup

    (Norwegian School of Economics and Business Administration and CSEifo)

  • Frank Staehler

    (University of Kiel)

This paper studies non-cooperative commodity taxation in a trade model with im-perfect competition and trade costs. Nationally optimal tax policy simultaneously tries to correct the domestic distortion from imperfect competition and to shift rents to the home country. Importantly, this trade-off depends qualitatively on the inter-national commodity tax regime in operation. For low levels of trade costs, we show that production-based commodity taxes dominate from a global welfare perspective, but this ranking is reversed in favor of consumption-based taxation when trade costs become sufficiently high.

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Paper provided by Center of Finance and Econometrics, University of Konstanz in its series CoFE Discussion Paper with number 00-32.

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Length: 31 Pages
Date of creation: Oct 2000
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Handle: RePEc:knz:cofedp:0032
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