Competition and Subnational Governments: Tax Competition, Competition in Urban Areas, and Education Competition

49 Pages Posted: 29 Oct 2014 Last revised: 26 Jun 2015

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David R. Agrawal

University of Kentucky - James W. Martin School of Public Policy and Administration; University of Kentucky - Department of Economics; CESifo (Center for Economic Studies and Ifo Institute)

William F. Fox

University of Tennessee, Knoxville - College of Business Administration

Joel B. Slemrod

University of Michigan, Stephen M. Ross School of Business; National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)

Date Written: October 27, 2014

Abstract

Competition at the subnational level concerns how jurisdictions set tax, spending, or regulatory policies while accounting for the fact that these policies affect the locations of individuals, firms and mobile factors. This paper highlights the importance of studying subnational competition and then places the field of fiscal competition in the context of the broader public economics literature. We argue that studies of competition at the state and local level should extend beyond traditional issues relating to tax competition and must consider how many different agents respond to policies. The paper then summarizes the six papers in this special issue, which were presented at a conference on subnational competition.

Keywords: Subnational Competition, Tax Competition, Fiscal Competition, Urban Areas, Economics of Education

JEL Classification: H7, I2, R5

Suggested Citation

Agrawal, David Robert and Fox, William F. and Slemrod, Joel B., Competition and Subnational Governments: Tax Competition, Competition in Urban Areas, and Education Competition (October 27, 2014). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2515584 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2515584

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