Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/96908
Authors: 
Buettner, Thiess
Overesch, Michael
Wamser, Georg
Year of Publication: 
2014
Series/Report no.: 
CESifo Working Paper 4710
Abstract: 
This paper explores the effects of tax provisions aimed at restricting multinationals’ tax planning on foreign direct investment (FDI). Using a unique dataset which allows us to observe the worldwide activities of a large panel of multinational firms, we test how limitations of interest tax deductibility, so-called thin-capitalization rules, and regulations of transfer pricing by the host country affect investment and employment of foreign subsidiaries. The results indicate that, compared with the unrestricted case, in the presence of a typical thin-capitalization rule, the tax-rate sensitivity of FDI is about twice as large. Moreover, introducing such a rule or making it more tight exerts significant adverse effects on the level of FDI in high-tax countries. Regulations of transfer pricing, however, are not found to exert significant effects on FDI.
Subjects: 
FDI
corporate taxation
tax competition
profit shifting
thin-capitalization rules
transfer-pricing regulations
affiliate-level data
foreign subsidiary
employment
JEL: 
H25
F23
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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