Cross-Border Tax Effects on Affiliate Investment - Evidence from European Multinationals

Becker, Johannes and Riedel, Nadine (2008) Cross-Border Tax Effects on Affiliate Investment - Evidence from European Multinationals. Centre for Business Taxation WP 08/16.

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Abstract

Several recent papers show that increases in the capital stock at one multinational affiliate tend to raise the capital stock at other locations, rather than to reduce it. In this paper, we theoretically and empirically explore the consequences of these findings for national corporate tax policy. Our main hypothesis is that domestic corporate taxation not only reduces domestic capital investment but also lowers capital stocks at foreign affiliates within a multinational group. The paper identifies several channels through which domestic taxation may exert such a cross-border effect on foreign capital. Using micro data on European multinational firms, we confirm the hypothesis showing that a ten percentage point increase in corporate tax rates is associated with a 5.5 percent decrease in the affiliate’s capital stock. From a welfare point of view, this cross-border tax effect on capital investment gives rise to a negative fiscal externality of corporate taxation which is empirically shown to compensate a substantial fraction of the well-known positive profit shifting externality.

Item Type: Other Working Paper
Keywords: Multinational Firms, Foreign Direct Investment, Corporate Taxation
Centre: Oxford University Centre for Business Taxation > CBT Working Papers
Date Deposited: 24 May 2012 10:47
Last Modified: 15 Oct 2015 02:18
URI: http://eureka.sbs.ox.ac.uk/id/eprint/3358

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