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International Tax Coordination: Regionalism versus Globalism


  • Peter Birch Sørensen


Tax competition for mobile capital can undermine the attempts of governments to redistribute income from rich to poor. I study whether international tax coordination can alleviate this problem, using a general equilibrium model synthesizing recent contributions to the tax competition literature. The model highlights the crucial distinction between global tax coordination and regional coordination. With high capital mobility between the tax union and the rest of the world, the welfare gain from regional capital income tax coordination is only a small fraction of the gain from global coordination, even if the tax union is large relative to the world economy.

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  • Peter Birch Sørensen, "undated". "International Tax Coordination: Regionalism versus Globalism," EPRU Working Paper Series 01-08, Economic Policy Research Unit (EPRU), University of Copenhagen. Department of Economics.
  • Handle: RePEc:kud:epruwp:01-08

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    1. Sylvester C.W. Eijffinger & Wolf Wagner, "undated". "Taxation if Capital is not Perfectly Mobile: Tax Competition versus Tax Exportation," EPRU Working Paper Series 02-07, Economic Policy Research Unit (EPRU), University of Copenhagen. Department of Economics.
    2. Hefeker, Carsten, 2003. "Ressourcenverteilung in der EU: Eine polit-ökonomische Perspektive," HWWA Discussion Papers 252, Hamburg Institute of International Economics (HWWA).
    3. Ricardo Varsano & Sergio Guimarães Ferreira & José Roberto Afonso, 2015. "Fiscal Competition: a Bird's Eye View," Discussion Papers 0114, Instituto de Pesquisa Econômica Aplicada - IPEA.

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