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Tax Concessions and Foreign Direct Investment in the Eastern Caribbean Currency Union, Jingqing Chai, Rishi Goyal

Tax concessions have been employed as a central component of the development strategy in the small island states comprising the Eastern Caribbean Currency Union. This paper compares the costs of concessions in terms of revenues forgone with the benefits in terms of increased foreign direct investment. The costs are very large, while the benefits appear to be marginal at best. Forgone tax revenues range between 9½ and 16 percent of GDP per year, whereas total foreign direct investment does not appear to depend on concessions. A rethinking of the use of concessions in the region is needed urgently
Table Of Contents
Contents; I. Introduction; II. Tax Concessions in the ECCU; A. Firm-Level Analysis; Figures; 1. Regional Comparisons: GDP Growth and Tourism Receipts; Tables; 1. Firm Size and Concessions: A Rank Correlation Analysis; B. Purposes of Concessions; III. Revenue Costs of Concessions; 2. Concessions by Purpose; A. Exemptions from Import Duties and Taxes; 3. ECCU: Customs Revenue Losses from Concessions; 2. ECCU: Import-Related Taxes and Revenue Forgone from Concessions; B. Corporate Income Tax Holidays; 3. ECCU: Corporate Income Taxes and Revenue Forgone from Concessions
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