Fiscal competition for FDI when bidding is costly

Ben Ferrett, Ian Wooton

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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.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2202-2208
Number of pages7
JournalEconomics Bulletin
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 29 Aug 2013


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


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