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The Supply of Foreign Direct Investment Incentives: Subsidy Competition in an Oligopolistic Framework

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  • Havranek, Tomas

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This paper examines the microeconomic motivation of governments to provide tax incentives for foreign direct investment. Author applies the classical models of oligopoly to subsidy competition, endogenousing investment incentives, but leaving tax rates exogenous. According to the conventional wisdom, subsidy competition leads to overprovision of incentives. This paper suggests that, in the oligopolistic framework, supranational coordination can either decrease or increase the supply of subsidies. Further, in the setting of subsidy regulation, the host country's corporate income tax rate has an ambiguous effect on the provision of incentives.

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  • Havranek, Tomas, 2008. "The Supply of Foreign Direct Investment Incentives: Subsidy Competition in an Oligopolistic Framework," MPRA Paper 10770, University Library of Munich, Germany.
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    1. Lenka Janíčková & Veronika Baranová, 2013. "Vliv efektivních daňových sazeb a jejich komponent na přímé zahraniční investice - případ členských zemí EU
      [Impact of Effective Tax Rates and Its Components on Foreign Direct Investment - The Case
      ," Politická ekonomie, University of Economics, Prague, vol. 2013(2), pages 209-228.
    2. Tomáš Havránek, 2009. "Subsidy Competition for FDI: Fierce or Weak?," Working Papers IES 2009/07, Charles University Prague, Faculty of Social Sciences, Institute of Economic Studies, revised Feb 2009.

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    Keywords

    Investment incentives; Subsidy competition; Productivity spillovers; Oligopoly; Foreign direct investment; Multinational corporations;

    JEL classification:

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

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