This paper presents a New Economic Geography model with distortionary taxation and endogenized trade costs. Tax reve-nues finance a public good, infrastructure. We show that the in-troduction of costly public investment in infrastructure increases agglomerative tendencies. With respect to the regions’ sizes, in the periphery, the price-index for manufacturing goods decreas-es, whereas for the core, the price-index is rather high since the distortionary effect of taxes dominates. ’Free riding’  or, in terms of regional policy, externally funded infrastructure in-vestment  is beneficial for the periphery, which can devote all its tax revenue to local demand support, generating a positive home market effect and driving the catch-up process.

Taxation, Infrastructure and Endogenous Trade Costs in New Economic Geography.

MARATTIN, LUIGI;
2010

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This paper presents a New Economic Geography model with distortionary taxation and endogenized trade costs. Tax reve-nues finance a public good, infrastructure. We show that the in-troduction of costly public investment in infrastructure increases agglomerative tendencies. With respect to the regions’ sizes, in the periphery, the price-index for manufacturing goods decreas-es, whereas for the core, the price-index is rather high since the distortionary effect of taxes dominates. ’Free riding’  or, in terms of regional policy, externally funded infrastructure in-vestment  is beneficial for the periphery, which can devote all its tax revenue to local demand support, generating a positive home market effect and driving the catch-up process.
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