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A Simple Model of Commodity Taxation and Cross-Border Shopping

  • Søren Bo Nielsen

This paper sets up a simple model of commodity taxation and cross-border shopping. Two countries, differing in geographical extent, engage in tax competition originating in the opportunities for cross-border shopping. Both tax competition and various coordination initiatives are examined. Then follow two extensions: (i) inclusion of costs of transportation for goods; (ii) inclusion of border inspection. These extensions allow us to conclude that both a drop in transportation costs and abolishment of border control intensify commodity tax competition and lower tax rates and revenues. The qualitative results for coordination measures also hold for the extended versions of our model.

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Paper provided by Economic Policy Research Unit (EPRU), University of Copenhagen. Department of Economics in its series EPRU Working Paper Series with number 98-18.

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