Public input and business tax competition in local communities in Brazil
Enlinson Mattos and
Eric Picin ()
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Eric Picin: Fundação Getúlio Vargas
The Annals of Regional Science, 2021, vol. 67, issue 3, No 10, 799-824
Abstract Previous works emphasize the role of tax rates as the key feature of tax competition. This paper brings into attention how local jurisdictions consider the level of public provision in infrastructure and the business tax rates as strategic complements to compete for capital. We use a spatial Durbin model to estimate the impact of a change in the public infrastructure of a particular jurisdiction on one’s own and on their neighbors’ business tax rates. Using data for approximately 5,000 municipalities in Brazil over a seven-year period, our main findings indicate that local governments reactions to tax rate reductions from neighboring jurisdictions are associated in three possible ways: also decreasing their effective tax rates, increasing their public infrastructure spending, or combining both strategies.
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