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State Capacity, Capital Mobility, and Tax Competition

Arian Daneshmand () and Mahnoush Abdollah-Milani ()
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Mahnoush Abdollah-Milani: Faculty of Economics, University of Allameh Tabataba’i, Tehran, Iran.

Iranian Economic Review (IER), 2016, vol. 20, issue 1, 33-47

Abstract: The theory of international tax competition suggests that governments attempt to attract mobile capital bases by undercutting the foreign capital tax rate. An analysis of the role that state capacity plays in tax policymaking under international pressures is, however, missing. The central contribution of our study is to highlight the importance of the interaction between state capacity and capital mobility. It is the purpose of this article to show whether state capacity increases capital tax rates in a way that tax competition under high capital mobility dampens. Our analysis of 20 OECD countries over the period of 1966-2000 suggests that the increase in capital tax rates as a result of higher state capacity is smaller when capital mobility is high.

Keywords: Capital Mobility; Capital Taxation; Spatial Models; State Capacity; Tax Competition. (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2016
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