Why the Current Tax Rate Tells You Little: Competing for Mobile and Immobile Firms
43 Pages Posted: 27 Feb 2018
Date Written: January 23, 2018
Firms should use all available information to anticipate future tax rates. Firm mobility, as a key determinant of corporate tax rates, is one such source of information. We first show theoretically that a government sets a higher tax rates on firm profits if average firm mobility in its jurisdiction is low, and that the potential entry of immobile firms in the future deters firms from entering a jurisdiction today. We then test and confirm these predictions in a well-identified setting, using the rapid growth of wind power plants (a very immobile industry) and the large variation in local business taxes across Germany for identification.
Keywords: corporate taxation, firm mobility, commitment, tax competition
JEL Classification: H250, H710, F210
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