42 Pages Posted: 4 Jan 2016
Date Written: November 2015
This paper exploits detailed information on local political and socioeconomic networks and a reform of local fiscal equalization in North Rhine-Westphalia (NRW) to identify the role of learning in local tax rate interactions. Using this policy change in spatial lag IV regressions, we find that institutions like counties and jointly used administrations yield signifficant positive tax interactions whereas geographical neighbors do not react to each other. Common local media trigger tax policy interactions as well. Short-lived reform effects support our findings that social learning within certain networks intensifies tax rate interactions via coordination of local decision makers.
Keywords: Tax mimicking, Local business tax, Social learning, Institutions, Tax competition, Fiscal equalization schemes
JEL Classification: H20, H71, H77
Suggested Citation: Suggested Citation
Blesse, Sebastian and Martin, Thorsten, Let's Stay in Touch - Evidence on the Role of Social Learning in Local Tax Interactions (November 2015). ZEW - Centre for European Economic Research Discussion Paper No. 15-081. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2710651 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2710651