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Tax Competition, Income Differentials and Local Public Services

Eric Smith () and Tracy Webb ()

International Tax and Public Finance, 2001, vol. 8, issue 5, 675-691

Abstract: This paper examines strategic tax setting between fiscal authorities in the presence of mobile workers who locate across these jurisdictions in response to differing tax structures and congestable local public amenities. We find that the nature of the tax setting outcomes depend crucially on the proximity between cities. For “distant” cities with the same size populations, the pressure on tax rates of a more mobile workforce depends on the whether mobile workers are net beneficiaries or net contributors. If mobile workers are either high or low income earners, cities lower tax rates. If mobile workers are middle income earners, cities raise tax rates. For “close” or neighbouring cities, workers locate in one of the cities and tax rates and local public amenities are dispersed. Copyright Kluwer Academic Publishers 2001

Keywords: tax competition; migration; local public goods; coordination equilibria (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2001
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DOI: 10.1023/A:1012887009256

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