Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/185382
Authors: 
Beer, Sebastian
de Mooij, Ruud A.
Liu, Li
Year of Publication: 
2018
Series/Report no.: 
CESifo Working Paper No. 7184
Abstract: 
This paper reviews the rapidly growing empirical literature on international tax avoidance by multinational corporations. It surveys evidence on main channels of corporate tax avoidance including transfer mispricing, international debt shifting, treaty shopping, tax deferral and corporate inversions. Moreover, it performs a meta analysis of the extensive literature that estimates the overall size of profit shifting. We find that the literature suggests that, for the most recent year, a 1 percentage-point lower corporate tax rate compared to other countries will expand before-tax income by 1.5 percent—an effect that is larger than reported as the consensus estimate in previous surveys and tends to be increasing over time. The literature on tax avoidance still has several unresolved puzzles and blind spots that require further research.
Subjects: 
corporate taxation
multinationals
profit shifting
international tax avoidance
meta analysis
JEL: 
F23
H25
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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