Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/167481
Authors: 
Gietl, Daniel
Haufler, Andreas
Year of Publication: 
2017
Series/Report no.: 
CESifo Working Paper 6495
Abstract: 
We analyze the competition in bonus taxation when banks compensate their managers by means of fixed and incentive pay and bankers are internationally mobile. Banks choose bonus payments that induce excessive managerial risk-taking to maximize their private benefits of existing government bailout guarantees. In this setting the international competition in bonus taxes may feature a ‘race to the bottom’ or a ‘race to the top’, depending on whether bankers are a source of net positive tax revenue or inflict net fiscal losses on taxpayers as a result of incentive pay. A ‘race to the top’ becomes more likely when governments’ impose only lax capital requirements on banks, whereas a ‘race to the bottom’ is more likely when bank losses are partly collectivized in a banking union.
Subjects: 
bonus taxes
international tax competiton
migration
JEL: 
H20
H87
G28
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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