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Convergence in corporate statutory tax rates in the Asian and Pacific economies

Convergence in corporate statutory tax rates in the Asian and Pacific economies
Convergence in corporate statutory tax rates in the Asian and Pacific economies

Countries in the Asia and Pacific region have shown many macroeconomic similarities during a period of economic integration. This paper argues that there may be one more macroeconomic feature to add to the list: strong statutory tax convergence. Using data on the statutory corporate tax rate in 15 countries from 1980 to 2014, we identify (i) a significant dynamic tax convergence pattern and (ii) three tax convergence clubs. The latter consist of the small tax haven economies of Hong Kong and Singapore, the East Asian countries (plus one) and the South and Southeast Asian and Oceania countries. These economies, within groups, have been reducing the tax gaps with their neighbours over time.

Asia and Pacific region, convergence clubs, economic integration, macroeconomics, non-linear models, tax policy
1076-9307
266-278
Chen, Yang
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Cuestas, Juan Carlos
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Regis, Paulo José
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Chen, Yang
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Cuestas, Juan Carlos
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Regis, Paulo José
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Chen, Yang, Cuestas, Juan Carlos and Regis, Paulo José (2016) Convergence in corporate statutory tax rates in the Asian and Pacific economies. International Journal of Finance and Economics, 21 (3), 266-278. (doi:10.1002/ijfe.1546).

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Abstract

Countries in the Asia and Pacific region have shown many macroeconomic similarities during a period of economic integration. This paper argues that there may be one more macroeconomic feature to add to the list: strong statutory tax convergence. Using data on the statutory corporate tax rate in 15 countries from 1980 to 2014, we identify (i) a significant dynamic tax convergence pattern and (ii) three tax convergence clubs. The latter consist of the small tax haven economies of Hong Kong and Singapore, the East Asian countries (plus one) and the South and Southeast Asian and Oceania countries. These economies, within groups, have been reducing the tax gaps with their neighbours over time.

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e-pub ahead of print date: 15 February 2016
Keywords: Asia and Pacific region, convergence clubs, economic integration, macroeconomics, non-linear models, tax policy

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Local EPrints ID: 434328
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/434328
ISSN: 1076-9307
PURE UUID: 2d5aff7e-a707-4eec-905d-f9452745e691
ORCID for Paulo José Regis: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0002-3256-464X

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Date deposited: 19 Sep 2019 16:30
Last modified: 28 Apr 2022 02:27

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Author: Yang Chen
Author: Juan Carlos Cuestas

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