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The taming of Leviathan: Competition among governments


  • Sinn, Stefan


This paper develops a model of governments in competition. With its help I hope to throw some light on the question of whether economists should advocate coordination or competition among governments. My conclusion will be a plea for less harmonization and more competition, a conclusion that I derive from the model presented. For the main part my analysis is a positive one: I present a model that I believe captures the situation of governments, voters and firms acting within a global economy characterized by a high mobility of capital.

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  • Sinn, Stefan, 1990. "The taming of Leviathan: Competition among governments," Kiel Working Papers 433, Kiel Institute for the World Economy (IfW).
  • Handle: RePEc:zbw:ifwkwp:433

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    1. Charles M. Tiebout, 1956. "A Pure Theory of Local Expenditures," Journal of Political Economy, University of Chicago Press, vol. 64, pages 416-416.
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    1. Harald Trabold, 1995. "Die internationale Wettbewerbsfähigkeit einer Volkswirtschaft," Vierteljahrshefte zur Wirtschaftsforschung / Quarterly Journal of Economic Research, DIW Berlin, German Institute for Economic Research, vol. 64(2), pages 169-185.
    2. Angela Mans, 1996. "Steuerpolitik in der Europäischen Union zwischen Wettbewerb und Harmonisierung," Vierteljahrshefte zur Wirtschaftsforschung / Quarterly Journal of Economic Research, DIW Berlin, German Institute for Economic Research, vol. 65(3), pages 331-353.
    3. Klodt, Henning, 1990. "Government support for restructuring the East German economy," Kiel Working Papers 450, Kiel Institute for the World Economy (IfW).
    4. Onno Hoffmeister, 2006. "Die retionale Dimension sozialer Ungleichheit in der erweiterten Europäischen Union: Statistische, wirtschaftliche und politische Effekte der Osterweiterung auf die Einkommensverteilung in der EU," LIS Working papers 438, LIS Cross-National Data Center in Luxembourg.
    5. Siebert, Horst, 1992. "Standortwettbewerb - nicht Industriepolitik," Open Access Publications from Kiel Institute for the World Economy 1542, Kiel Institute for the World Economy (IfW).
    6. Vanberg, Viktor, 1990. "A Constitutional Political Economy Perspective on International Trade," 1990: The Environment, Government Policies, and International Trade Meeting, December 1990, San Diego, CA 50875, International Agricultural Trade Research Consortium.
    7. Siebert, Horst & Koop, Michael J, 1993. "Institutional Competition versus Centralization: Quo Vadis Europe?," Oxford Review of Economic Policy, Oxford University Press, vol. 9(1), pages 15-30, Spring.

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