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Developing Country Second-Mover Advantage in Competition Over Standards and Taxes

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  • Valeska Groenert

    (Department of Economics, Vanderbilt University)

  • Myrna Wooders

    (Department of Economics, Vanderbilt University)

  • Ben Zissimos

    (Department of Economics, Vanderbilt University)

Abstract

We show that, in competition between a developed country and a developing country over environmental standards and taxes, the developing country may have a 'second-mover advantage.' In our model, firms do not unanimously prefer lower environmental-standard levels. We introduce this feature to an otherwise familiar model of fiscal competition. Three distinct outcomes can be characterized by varying the cost to firms of 'standard mismatch': (1) the outcome may be efficient; (2) the developing country may be a 'pollution haven,' where some firms escape excessively high environmental standards in the developed country; (3) environmental standards may be set excessively high.

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  • Valeska Groenert & Myrna Wooders & Ben Zissimos, 2009. "Developing Country Second-Mover Advantage in Competition Over Standards and Taxes," Vanderbilt University Department of Economics Working Papers 0909, Vanderbilt University Department of Economics.
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    Keywords

    Environmental standards; fiscal competition; second-mover advantage; tax competition;
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    • H2 - Public Economics - - Taxation, Subsidies, and Revenue
    • H3 - Public Economics - - Fiscal Policies and Behavior of Economic Agents
    • Q2 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Renewable Resources and Conservation

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