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Tax Competition and Foreign Capital


  • Ronald B. Davies

    () (University of Oregon Economics Department)

  • Thomas A. Gresik

    () (University of Notre Dame, Mendoza College of Business)


This paper derives welfare equivalence of double taxation rules in a tax competition model with discriminatory home taxes and the ability to finance subsidiary operations with host country capital. For a more general model, we provide sufficient conditions on the number of host sectors and factors that support double-tax-rule equivalence. Examples violating these conditions help identify economic factors under which a home country's has strict preferences over double taxation rules. If the home tax rate can influence host factor prices, the home country weakly prefers deductions over credits as in the pure-home equity financing case.

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  • Ronald B. Davies & Thomas A. Gresik, 2001. "Tax Competition and Foreign Capital," University of Oregon Economics Department Working Papers 2001-15, University of Oregon Economics Department, revised 01 Jan 2001.
  • Handle: RePEc:ore:uoecwp:2001-15

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    tax competition; double taxation; foreign capital;

    JEL classification:

    • F21 - International Economics - - International Factor Movements and International Business - - - International Investment; Long-Term Capital Movements
    • F23 - International Economics - - International Factor Movements and International Business - - - Multinational Firms; International Business
    • H25 - Public Economics - - Taxation, Subsidies, and Revenue - - - Business Taxes and Subsidies


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