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Economic integration and the optimal corporate tax structure with heterogeneous firms

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  • Bauer, Christian
  • Davies, Ronald B.
  • Haufler, Andreas

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We study the optimal combination of corporate tax rate and tax base in a model of a small open economy with heterogeneous firms. We show that it is optimal for the small country's government to e®ectively subsidize capital inputs by granting a tax allowance in excess of the true costs of capital. Economic integration reduces the optimal capital subsidy and drives low-productivity firms from the small country's home market, replacing them with high-productivity exporters from abroad. This endogenous policy response creates a selection effect that increases the average productivity of home firms when trade barriers fall, in addition to the well-known direct effects.

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  • Bauer, Christian & Davies, Ronald B. & Haufler, Andreas, 2011. "Economic integration and the optimal corporate tax structure with heterogeneous firms," Discussion Papers in Economics 12310, University of Munich, Department of Economics.
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    corporate tax reform; trade liberalization; firm heterogeneity;

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    • H25 - Public Economics - - Taxation, Subsidies, and Revenue - - - Business Taxes and Subsidies
    • H87 - Public Economics - - Miscellaneous Issues - - - International Fiscal Issues; International Public Goods
    • F15 - International Economics - - Trade - - - Economic Integration

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