Fiscal competition for FDI when bidding is costly

Ben Ferrett, Ian Wooton

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Abstract

We introduce bidding costs into a standard model of tax/subsidy competition between two potential host countries to attract the plant of a monopoly firm. Such a bidding cost, even if it is infinitesimal, qualitatively alters the resulting equilibrium. At most one country offers fiscal inducements to the firm, and this attenuates the familiar "race to the bottom" in corporate taxes. In general, the successful host country benefits from the resulting absence of active tax/subsidy competition, at the expense of the owners of the firm in the rest of the world.
LanguageEnglish
Pages2202-2208
Number of pages7
JournalEconomics Bulletin
Volume33
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 29 Aug 2013

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Fiscal competition
Bidding
Costs
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Tax subsidies
Owners
Race to the bottom
Monopoly
Inducement
Corporate tax
Expenses
Fiscal

Keywords

  • fiscal competition
  • FDI
  • bidding is costly
  • bidding cost
  • race to the bottom
  • tax/subsidy competition
  • foreign direct investment

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Ferrett, Ben ; Wooton, Ian. / Fiscal competition for FDI when bidding is costly. In: Economics Bulletin. 2013 ; Vol. 33, No. 3. pp. 2202-2208.
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