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Endogenizing governments' objectives in tax competition

Rupayan Pal () and Ajay Sharma

Regional Science and Urban Economics, 2013, vol. 43, issue 4, 570-578

Abstract: In this paper we endogenize objective functions of the regions in case the of tax competition for foreign owned mobile capital. First, considering symmetric regions and simultaneous move tax competition, we demonstrate that the competing regions can restrict ‘race-to-the-bottom’ in tax rates by deviating away from social welfare to net tax revenue. Moreover, it is optimal for a region to be fully revenue oriented even if that region's ultimate goal is to maximize social welfare, irrespective of whether the rival region is concerned about social welfare or net tax revenue. Next, we show that these results go through under production asymmetry and under sequential/simultaneous choice of public investment and tax rate in the case of two-dimensional competition. However, in the case of Stackelberg type competition, it is optimal for the leader region not to deviate from its ultimate goal, while the follower region always gains from being fully revenue oriented.

Keywords: Mobile capital; Tax competition; Revenue orientation; Social welfare; Endogenous objective (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: C72 F21 H87 R38 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2013
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DOI: 10.1016/j.regsciurbeco.2013.04.004

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