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Reforming an Asymmetric Union: On the Virtues of Dual Tier Capital Taxation

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  • Haufler, Andreas
  • Lülfesmann, Christoph

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We analyze the effects of introducing a two tier structure of capital taxation, where the asymmetric member states of a union choose a common, central tax rate in the first stage, and then non-cooperatively set local tax rates in the second stage. We show that this mechanism effectively reduces competition for mobile capital between the members of the union. Even without side payments, the gains from partial coordination are distributed across the heterogeneous members in a way that yields a strict Pareto improvement over a one tier system of purely local tax choices. Finally, we show that a dual structure of capital taxation has advantages even in a setting where costly side payments are feasible.

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  • Haufler, Andreas & Lülfesmann, Christoph, 2012. "Reforming an Asymmetric Union: On the Virtues of Dual Tier Capital Taxation," Annual Conference 2012 (Goettingen): New Approaches and Challenges for the Labor Market of the 21st Century 62082, Verein für Socialpolitik / German Economic Association.
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    1. William Hoyt, 2005. "The Assignment and Division of the Tax Base in a System of Hierarchical Governments," Working Papers 2005-07, University of Kentucky, Institute for Federalism and Intergovernmental Relations.
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    • H25 - Public Economics - - Taxation, Subsidies, and Revenue - - - Business Taxes and Subsidies
    • H77 - Public Economics - - State and Local Government; Intergovernmental Relations - - - Intergovernmental Relations; Federalism
    • H87 - Public Economics - - Miscellaneous Issues - - - International Fiscal Issues; International Public Goods

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