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Journal of Economic Integration 2017 March;32(1) :1-34.
DOI: https://doi.org/10.11130/jei.2017.32.1.1
Corporate Tax Rates and Regional Integration
: Evidence from Transition Countries
Aleksandra Klofat 
University Witten/Herdecke, Witten, Germany
Corresponding Author: Aleksandra Klofat ,Tel: +49(0)2302/926598, Email: Aleksandra.Klofat@uni-wh.de
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ABSTRACT
Corporate tax rates in the industrialized countries have been decreasing for many years. Many scholars attribute this decline to tax competition. However, less attention has been paid to the relation between regional economic integration and tax rates. This study addresses this issue by concentrating on two integration initiatives in the European Union and the Eurasian Economic Union. This study finds evidence that the declining corporate tax rates are, to the varying extents, driven by the progressive regional integration. The convergence of corporate tax rates also shows that the regional integration within the Eurasian Economic Union is, despite significant skepticism expressed from various angles, working in practice.

JEL Classification
H2: Taxation, Subsidies, and Revenue
H25: Business Taxes and Subsidies
F15: Economic Integration
Keywords: Tax Competition | Regional Integration | Eurasian Economic Union | Corporate Tax Rates | Transition Countries
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