Some Observations Concerning Multi-Jurisdictional Tax Competition
New York University School of Law
REGULATORY COMPETITION AND ECONOMIC INTEGRATION: COMPARATIVE PERSPECTIVES, Daniel Esty and Damien Geradin (eds.), Oxford University Press, 2000
Should (or when should) separate governments, including sub-units in a federal system, be encouraged to engage in tax competition rather than harmonizing their tax systems? The question is akin to asking when government should be used to solve collective action problems through coercion, and thus has no uniform answer. The paper discusses tariff examples where harmonization is preferable, Tiebout examples where competition is preferable, and then assesses the collision of these two lines of analysis with respect to tax haven and holiday jurisdictions that offer outside businesses or passive investors more favorable tax terms than those available to the locals.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 33
JEL Classification: H00, H25, H41, H71, H73, H87, K34Accepted Paper Series
Date posted: February 15, 2000
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