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Catching capital : the ethics of tax competition

Author: Peter Dietsch
Publisher: New York, NY : Oxford University Press, [2015]
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Rich people stash away trillions of dollars in tax havens like Switzerland, the Cayman Islands, or Singapore. Multinational corporations shift their profits to low-tax jurisdictions like Ireland or Panama to avoid paying tax. Recent stories in the media about Apple, Google, Starbucks, and Fiat are just the tip of the iceberg. There is hardly any multinational today that respects not just the letter but also the
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Peter Dietsch
ISBN: 9780190251512 0190251514
OCLC Number: 906121470
Description: xiv, 264 pages ; 23 cm
Contents: Introduction --
Fiscal autonomy and tax competition --
Regulating tax competition --
Efficiency of what? Assessing efficiency arguments in the context of tax competition --
Rethinking sovereignty in international fiscal policy --
Life with (or after) tax competition --
Conclusion.
Responsibility: Peter Dietsch.

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This book develops a normative and institutional framework to regulate tax competition. Importantly, the author shows that the proposed regulation compromises neither efficiency nor sovereignty.  Read more...

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Overall, this is an exceptional book that is well worth reading. * Gillian Brock, Erasmus Journal for Philosophy and Economics * With this fine book on tax competition, Peter Dietsch makes a timely Read more...

 
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