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Tax reform, delocation and heterogeneous firms

Richard Baldwin () and Toshihiro Okubo ()

No 7340, CEPR Discussion Papers from C.E.P.R. Discussion Papers

Abstract: The standard international tax model is extended to allow for heterogeneous firms when agglomeration forces are important thus allowing us to study the relocation effects of taxes that vary according to firm size. We show that allowing for heterogeneity permits a given tax scheme to have an endogenously different effect on the location decision of small and big firms, with the biggest firms being endogenously more likely to relocate in reaction to high taxes. We show that a reform which flattens the tax-firm-size profile can raise tax revenue without inducing any relocation.

Keywords: agglomeration forces; International tax competition; Zimmerman hypothesis (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: H32 P16 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
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Date: 2009-06
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