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Does Tax Competition Tame the Leviathan?

Mario Jametti () and Marius Brülhart ()
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Marius Brülhart: University of Lausanne

Working Papers from York University, Department of Economics

Abstract: We study the impact of tax competition on equilibrium taxes and welfare, focusing on the jurisdictional fragmentation of federations. In a representative-agent model of fiscal federalism, fragmentation among jurisdictions with benevolent tax-setting authorities unambiguously reduces welfare. If, however, tax-setting authorities pursue revenue maximization, fragmentation, by pushing down equilibrium tax rates, may under certain conditions increase citizen welfare. We exploit the highly decentralized and heterogeneous Swiss fiscal system as a laboratory for the estimation of these e¤ects. While for purely direct-democratic jurisdictions (which we associate with benevolent tax setting) we find that tax rates increase in fragmentation, fragmentation has a moderating e¤ect on the tax rates of jurisdictions with some degree of delegated government. Our results thereby support the view that tax competition can be second-best welfare enhancing by constraining the scope for public-sector revenue maximization.

Keywords: tax competition; optimal taxation; government preferences; fiscal federalism; direct democracy (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: D7 H2 H7 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 38 pages
Date: 2007-09
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