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Capital Mobility, Distributive Conflict, and International Tax Coordination

  • Dani Rodrik
  • Tanguy van Ypersele

Basic economic theory identifies a number of efficiency gains that derive from international capital mobility. But just as free trade in goods, there is no guarantee that capital mobility makes everyone better off. Consequently, capital mobility may be politically unsustainable even though it enhances efficiency. This paper discusses how such a dilemma might arise, and suggests that international tax coordination might serve as a way out under some circumstances.

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Paper provided by National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc in its series NBER Working Papers with number 7150.

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Date of creation: Jun 1999
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Publication status: published as Rodrik, Dani and Tanguy Van Ypersele. "Capital Mobility, Distributive Conflict And International Tax Coordination," Journal of International Economics, 2001, v54(1,Jun), 57-73.
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