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We study the incentives of sel sh governments to tax tradable primary inputs un- der asymmetric trade. Using an empirically-consistent model of endogenous growth, we obtain explicit links between persistent gaps in productivity growth and the observed tendency of resource-exporting (importing) countries to subsidize (tax) domestic resource use. Assuming uncoordinated maximization of domestic welfare, national governments wish to deviate (i) from ine¢ cient laissez-faire equilibria as well as (ii) from e¢ cient equilibria in which domestic distortions are internalized. The incentive of resource-rich countries to subsidize hinges on slower productivity growth and is disconnected from the typical incentive of importers to tax resource in ows i.e., rent extraction. The model predictions concerning the impact of resource taxes on relative income shares are supported by empirical evidence Show more
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Journal / seriesEconomics Working Paper Series
Pages / Article No.
SubjectProductivity Growth; Exhaustible Resources; International Trade
Organisational unit03635 - Bretschger, Lucas
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