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The Effect of Tax Treaties on Multinational Firms: New Evidence from Microdata

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  • Ronald B Davies

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    (University of Oregon)

  • Pehr-Johan Norbäck

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    (Research Institute of Industrial Economics)

  • Ayça Tekin-Koru

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    (Oregon State University)

Abstract

This paper uses affiliate level data from Swedish multinationals to examine the impact of tax treaties on both overall affiliate sales and the composition of those sales. In line with previous results, we find little evidence for an effect of treaties on the level of total sales. We do, however, find that a tax treaty increases the probability of investment by a firm in a given country. In addition, we find that a treaty reduces exports to the parent but increases imports of intermediate inputs from the parent. This is consistent with treaties increasing the effective host tax. This suggests that tax treaties impact the behavior of multinationals along some dimensions but not along others.

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Paper provided by Oxford University Centre for Business Taxation in its series Working Papers with number 0721.

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Keywords: Tax Treaties; Multinational Firms; Foreign Direct Investment;

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  6. Mário MARQUES & Carlos PINHO, 2014. "Effects of Corporate Taxation and Bilateral Tax Treaties on European Multinationals’ Investment, 2005-2009. A Multi-Country Analysis," Applied Econometrics and International Development, Euro-American Association of Economic Development, vol. 14(1), pages 33-44.
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  8. Egger Peter & Wamser Georg, 2013. "Effects of the Endogenous Scope of Preferentialism on International Goods Trade," The B.E. Journal of Economic Analysis & Policy, De Gruyter, vol. 13(2), pages 709-731, July.
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