Rent Seeking by Agents of the Firm
AbstractThis study examines the role of managers' political campaign contributions in relation to their firms' tax benefits. The study differs from extant public choice literature that has not examined the role of self-interested agents within the firm. Using a major tax law change, we find that firms' political action committee contributions and individual managers' campaign contributions are both positively associated with firm tax benefits (rents) at stake. We also observe these contributions to be an increasing function of managers' wealth effects through the existence of bonus plans that are based on after-tax earnings and ownership of the firm's stock. The policy implications are that firms' own tax benefits, as well as its managers' individual wealth-enhancing effects, may influence campaign contributions.
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Volume (Year): 46 (2003)
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- Mihir A. Desai & Dhammika Dharmapala, 2004.
"Corporate Tax Avoidance and High Powered Incentives,"
2004-09, University of Connecticut, Department of Economics.
- Desai, Mihir A. & Dharmapala, Dhammika, 2006. "Corporate tax avoidance and high-powered incentives," Journal of Financial Economics, Elsevier, vol. 79(1), pages 145-179, January.
- Mihir A. Desai & Dhammika Dharmapala, 2004. "Corporate Tax Avoidance and High Powered Incentives," NBER Working Papers 10471, National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.
- Mihir Desai & Dhammika Dharmapala, . "Corporate Tax Avoidance and High Powered Incentives," American Law & Economics Association Annual Meetings 1006, American Law & Economics Association.
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