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A Bargaining Model of Tax Competition

  • Seungjin Han
  • John Leach

This paper develops a model in which competing governments offer financial incentives to induce individual firms to locate within their jurisdictions. Equilibrium is described under three specifications of the supplementary taxes. There is no misallocation of capital under two of these specifications, and there might or might not be capital misallocation under the third. This result contrasts strongly with that of the standard tax competition model, which does not allow governments to treat firms individually. That model finds that competition among governments almost always leads to capital misallocation.

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Paper provided by McMaster University in its series Department of Economics Working Papers with number 2007-09.

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Length: 34 pages
Date of creation: Dec 2007
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Handle: RePEc:mcm:deptwp:2007-09
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  1. John Burbidge & Katherine Cuff & John Leach, 2005. "Tax Competition with Heterogeneous Firms," Working Papers 05001, University of Waterloo, Department of Economics, revised Jan 2005.
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