Convergence in Corporate Statutory Tax Rates in the Asian and Pacific Economies

Yang Chen, Juan Carlos Cuestas*, Paulo José Regis

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Countries in the Asia and Pacific region have shown many macroeconomic similarities during a period of economic integration. This paper argues that there may be one more macroeconomic feature to add to the list: strong statutory tax convergence. Using data on the statutory corporate tax rate in 15 countries from 1980 to 2014, we identify (i) a significant dynamic tax convergence pattern and (ii) three tax convergence clubs. The latter consist of the small tax haven economies of Hong Kong and Singapore, the East Asian countries (plus one) and the South and Southeast Asian and Oceania countries. These economies, within groups, have been reducing the tax gaps with their neighbours over time.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)266-278
Number of pages13
JournalInternational Journal of Finance and Economics
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2016


  • Asia and Pacific region
  • convergence clubs
  • economic integration
  • macroeconomics
  • non-linear models
  • tax policy


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