Tax Competition with Heterogeneous Firms
Richard Baldwin () and
Toshihiro Okubo ()
CAMA Working Papers from Centre for Applied Macroeconomic Analysis, Crawford School of Public Policy, The Australian National University
This paper studies tax competition in an economic geography model that allows for agglomeration economies with trade costs and heterogeneous firms. We find that the Nash equilibrium involves the large country charging a higher tax than the small nation, with this rate being too low from a social point of view. Lower trade costs lead to an intensification of competition, a drop in Nash tax rates, and a narrowing of the gap. Since large, productive firms are naturally more sensitive to tax differences in our model, large firms are the crux of tax competition in our model. This also means that tax competition has consequences for the average productivity of the big and small nations? industry; by lowering tax rates, the small nation can attract high-productivity firms.
Keywords: firm heterogeneity; spatial sorting; Nash equilibrium tax; tax cooperation; average productivity (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: H32 P16 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
New Economics Papers: this item is included in nep-geo, nep-pbe, nep-pub and nep-ure
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Journal Article: Tax Competition with Heterogeneous Firms (2014)
Working Paper: Tax Competition with Heterogeneous Firms (2014)
Working Paper: Tax Competition with Heterogeneous Firms (2009)
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