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The role of infrastructure investment and factor productivity in international tax competition

Patricia Sanz-Córdoba

Economic Modelling, 2020, vol. 85, issue C, 30-38

Abstract: In this paper we use data from 30 developed economies from 1999 to 2014 to analyse the importance of infrastructure investments and factor productivity for explaining international capital tax competition. Our results indicate the existence of intensive tax competition in effective average corporate taxation during this period. It is also suggested that non-tax variables of third countries affect a country's corporate tax policy. Countries whose direct competitors have better infrastructures or are more productive compensate with lower capital taxation. In this way, their infrastructure investment and productivity-enhancing policies are used as strategic substitutes for capital taxation. With regard to the characteristics of closest competitors, we find that corporate tax competition is fiercer among countries that are characterized by similar infrastructure investments and geographical proximity.

Keywords: International tax competition; Infrastructure investment; Total factor productivity; Spatial fiscal interactions; Spatial durbin model (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: C13 E62 H20 H87 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2020
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DOI: 10.1016/j.econmod.2019.05.003

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