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Extensive and Intensive Investment and the Dead Weight Loss of Corporate Taxation

  • Christian Keuschnigg


The routine way of anticipating the effects of the corporate (profit) tax on investments and location choice is to calculate the effective marginal and average tax rates. This paper introduces a model of monopolistic competition to show how investment on the extensive and intensive margins responds to changes in the effective marginal and average tax rates. Intensive investment reflects the marginal expansion of established businesses. Extensive investment refers to the location of new production sites and reflects the choice between exports and foreign direct investments as alternative strategies of foreign market access. The paper calculates the comparative static effects of the corporate tax and shows how the dead weight loss of the tax depends on the elasticities of extensive and intensive investments.

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Paper provided by Department of Economics, University of St. Gallen in its series University of St. Gallen Department of Economics working paper series 2006 with number 2006-16.

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Length: 33 pages
Date of creation: Jul 2006
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Handle: RePEc:usg:dp2006:2006-16
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