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Regional tax coordination and foreign direct investment

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  • Haufler, Andreas
  • Wooton, Ian

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The paper analyzes the effects of a regionally coordinated profit tax in a model with three active countries, one of which is not part of the union, and a globally mobile firm. We show that regional tax coordination can lead to two types of welfare gains. First, for investments that would take place in the region in the absence of coordination, this measure can transfer location rents from the firm to the union. Second, by internalizing all of the union's benefits from foreign direct investment, a coordinated policy attracts more investment than when member states act in isolation. Consequently, tax levels may rise or fall under regional coordination.

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  • Haufler, Andreas & Wooton, Ian, 2001. "Regional tax coordination and foreign direct investment," Center for European, Governance and Economic Development Research Discussion Papers 14, University of Goettingen, Department of Economics.
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    tax competition; regional coordination; international investment;
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    • F15 - International Economics - - Trade - - - Economic Integration
    • F23 - International Economics - - International Factor Movements and International Business - - - Multinational Firms; International Business
    • H73 - Public Economics - - State and Local Government; Intergovernmental Relations - - - Interjurisdictional Differentials and Their Effects
    • H87 - Public Economics - - Miscellaneous Issues - - - International Fiscal Issues; International Public Goods

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