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Tax Competition Reconsidered

  • Amrita Dhillon

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    (Department of Economics, University of Warwick)

  • Myrna H. Wooders

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    (Department of Economics, Vanderbilt University)

  • Ben Zissimos

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    (Department of Economics, Vanderbilt University)

In a classic model of tax competition, we show that the level of public good provision and taxation in a decentralized equilibrium can be efficient or inefficient with either too much, or too little public good provision. The key is whether there exists a unilateral incentive to deviate from the efficient state and, if so, whether this entails raising or lowering taxes. A priori, there is no reason to suppose the incentive is in either one direction or the other.

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