Finders, Keepers?

49 Pages Posted: 24 May 2017

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Niko Jaakkola

CESifo (Center for Economic Studies and Ifo Institute) - Ifo Institute

Daniel Spiro

Uppsala University, Dept. of Economics

Arthur van Benthem

University of Pennsylvania - Business & Public Policy Department

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Date Written: April 24, 2017

Abstract

Natural-resource taxation and investment exhibit cycles in a vast number of countries, driving political turmoil and power shifts. Using a rational-expectations model, we show cycles result from governments’ inability to commit to future taxes and firms’ inability to credibly exit a country indefinitely. A government sets a low initial tax inducing high investments, which in turn prompts it to increase taxes next period. This induces low investment thus low future taxes, and so on. We investigate which factors reinforce cycles and present ways of avoiding them, and document cycles across many countries including detailed case studies of two Latin-American countries.

Keywords: resource taxation, tax cycles, limited commitment, expropriation

JEL Classification: H250, Q350, Q380

Suggested Citation

Jaakkola, Niko and Spiro, Daniel and van Benthem, Arthur, Finders, Keepers? (April 24, 2017). CESifo Working Paper Series No. 6435, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2973090

Niko Jaakkola

CESifo (Center for Economic Studies and Ifo Institute) - Ifo Institute ( email )

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Uppsala University, Dept. of Economics ( email )

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Arthur Van Benthem

University of Pennsylvania - Business & Public Policy Department ( email )

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