EconPapers    
Economics at your fingertips  
 

Bidding for Firms with Unknown Characteristics

Johannes Becker and Andrea Schneider ()

No 4806, CESifo Working Paper Series from CESifo

Abstract: When a region successfully attracts a large firm by offering tax concessions, outright subsidies etc., the firm often commits itself to performance targets in terms of investment or employment. This paper interprets these contractually fixed targets as a consequence of incomplete information. It analyzes a model of two regions which compete for a large firm assuming that the firm’s characteristics are ex-ante unknown. We consider direct mechanisms that induce truthful reporting of the firm’s type as well as simpler bidding strategies. We find that, first, performance targets are an equilibrium outcome if information is incomplete. Second, these performance targets often induce employment distortions (overemployment in the most plausible case). Third, when the competing regions differ, the winning region may gain from the fact that information is incomplete, i.e. its payoff is greater than it would be under complete information. Finally, when the governments’ sets of instruments are restricted to lump-sum payments, simple tax rebates and wage subsidies, incomplete information has no efficiency cost. This implies that restricting both regions’ sets of policy instruments may improve efficiency.

Keywords: business taxation; state aids; subsidy competition; incomplete information; mechanism design (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: H25 H32 H87 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2014
References: View references in EconPapers View complete reference list from CitEc
Citations: View citations in EconPapers (1) Track citations by RSS feed

Downloads: (external link)
https://www.cesifo.org/DocDL/cesifo1_wp4806.pdf (application/pdf)

Related works:
Journal Article: Bidding for Firms with Unknown Characteristics (2019) Downloads
This item may be available elsewhere in EconPapers: Search for items with the same title.

Export reference: BibTeX RIS (EndNote, ProCite, RefMan) HTML/Text

Persistent link: https://EconPapers.repec.org/RePEc:ces:ceswps:_4806

Access Statistics for this paper

More papers in CESifo Working Paper Series from CESifo Contact information at EDIRC.
Bibliographic data for series maintained by Klaus Wohlrabe ().

 
Page updated 2021-05-08
Handle: RePEc:ces:ceswps:_4806