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Taxing Mobile Capital in Free Trade Zones to the Detriment of Workers

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  • Glenn P. Jenkins

    () (Department of Economics, Queen's University, Canada, Eastern Mediterranean University, Mersin 10, Turkey)

  • Chun-Yan Kuo

    () (Department of Economics, Queen's University, Canada)

Abstract

Many countries exempt the income of firms operating in their free trade or export processing zones from corporate income taxation. This paper examines both theoretically and empirically the incidence of removing this exemption. The empirical analysis is carried out for the Dominican Republic. The findings indicate that removal of the corporate income tax exemption would inflict a burden on relatively low-waged workers of over nine times the amount of additional tax revenue collected from the companies operating in the country's free trade zones. In turn, this loss would largely be a gain to the more advantaged groups in society.

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  • Glenn P. Jenkins & Chun-Yan Kuo, 2013. "Taxing Mobile Capital in Free Trade Zones to the Detriment of Workers," Development Discussion Papers 2013-04, JDI Executive Programs.
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    1. Arnold C. Harberger, 1962. "The Incidence of the Corporation Income Tax," Journal of Political Economy, University of Chicago Press, vol. 70, pages 215-215.
    2. Glenn P. Jenkins & Chun-Yan Kuo & Keh-Nan Sun, 2003. "Taxation and Economic Development in Taiwan," American Journal of Economics and Sociology, Wiley Blackwell, vol. 62(4), pages 734-735, October.
    3. Hector Cury & Glenn Jenkins & CHUN-YAN KUO, 2004. "Fiscal Adjustment for Sustainable Growth in the Dominican Republic," Development Discussion Papers 2004-01, JDI Executive Programs.
    4. Jane Gravelle & Kent Smetters, 2001. "Who Bears the Burden of the Corporate Tax in The Open Economy?," NBER Working Papers 8280, National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.
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    Keywords

    WTO; tax incidence; free trade zones; corporate income taxation; Dominican Republic;

    JEL classification:

    • F13 - International Economics - - Trade - - - Trade Policy; International Trade Organizations
    • H22 - Public Economics - - Taxation, Subsidies, and Revenue - - - Incidence
    • O24 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Development Planning and Policy - - - Trade Policy; Factor Movement; Foreign Exchange Policy
    • O54 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economywide Country Studies - - - Latin America; Caribbean

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