The Benefits of Tax Competition

91 Pages Posted: 28 Jan 2006


Most governments have laws to prevent cartels and ensure competition, but most governments do not apply the logic of competition policy to their own activities. This book sets out the benefits that follow when governments promote tax competition.

The book begins with a primer on international taxation and then shows why the arguments used by government to justify the prevention of tax competition are fallacious. The book demonstrates the enormous benefits that come from tax competition and outlines the current threats to tax competition from the EU and the OECD.

This monograph is an essential read for all with an interest in tax policy as well as for anybody who is concerned about cartels of powerful governments undermining economic freedom and prosperity through the use of anti-competitive tax policies.

Keywords: Tax, competition

JEL Classification: H20, H21, H24, H25, H70

Suggested Citation

Teather, Richard, The Benefits of Tax Competition. IEA Hobart Paper No. 153, Available at SSRN: or

Richard Teather (Contact Author)

Bournemouth University ( email )

School of Finance and Law
Fern Barrow
Poole BH12 5BB, Dorset
United Kingdom
+44 (0)1202 595541 (Phone)
+44 (0)1202 595261 (Fax)

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