Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/157955
Authors: 
Kiesewetter, Dirk
Manthey, Johannes
Year of Publication: 
2017
Series/Report no.: 
Arqus Discussion Paper 218
Abstract: 
This paper analyses the relationship between corporate governance and tax avoidance. We use a regression discontinuity design (RDD) in a two-stage instrumental variable and take advantage of the exogenous variation in the index membership around the DAX and MDAX threshold. We suppose the differences in corporate governance result from the valueweighted composition of the market capitalization-based indexes. We find a significant discontinuity in the level of the corporate governance characteristics at the cutoff. The largest MDAX firms show stronger corporate governance characteristics compared to the smallest DAX firms. Our analysis shows that strong corporate governance characteristics drive down the effective tax rate for the DAX firms. This paper contributes to existing research by establishing a causal relationship between governance and taxes. This research aims to highlight the wide-ranging effects of institutional investors, which channel in corporate policy, in our case tax management.
Subjects: 
Tax Avoidance
Corporate Governance
RDD
Regression Discontinuity Design
JEL: 
H20
H25
H26
M41
M48
Document Type: 
Working Paper

Files in This Item:
File
Size
535.24 kB





Items in EconStor are protected by copyright, with all rights reserved, unless otherwise indicated.