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Tax Competition and the International Distribution of Firm Ownership: An Invariance Result

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  • Ferrett, Ben
  • Wooton, Ian

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Intuition suggests that the international distribution of firm ownership ought to affect tax/subsidy competition for mobile plants. One might expect that the greater the share of a firm owned within a potential host country that offers a relatively profitable production location, the more that nation will be prepared to pay to attract the firm's production facility. We show this intuition to be false. In equilibrium, both plant location and the tax/subsidy offers are independent of the international distribution of ownership. The reason is that the tax/subsidy competition equalises the firm's post-tax profits across countries, making owners of capital indifferent towards the location of production.

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Paper provided by C.E.P.R. Discussion Papers in its series CEPR Discussion Papers with number 5984.

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Date of creation: Dec 2006
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Handle: RePEc:cpr:ceprdp:5984

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Keywords: foreign direct investment; international distribution of firm ownership; tax/subsidy competition;

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Cited by:
  1. Oscar Amerighi & Giuseppe De Feo, 2013. "Competition for FDI and profit shifting: On the effects of subsidies and tax breaks," DEM Working Papers Series 056, University of Pavia, Department of Economics and Management.
  2. Ben Ferrett & Ian Wooton, 2013. "Fiscal Competition for FDI when Bidding is Costly," Discussion Paper Series 2013_04, Department of Economics, Loughborough University, revised Jun 2013.
  3. O. Amerighi & G. De Feo, 2009. "Is Competition for FDI Bad for Regional Welfare?," Working Papers 680, Dipartimento Scienze Economiche, Universita' di Bologna.
  4. Mizuno, Nobuhiro, 2013. "Political Structure as a Legacy of Indirect Colonial Rule: Bargaining between National Governments and Rural Elites in Africa," MPRA Paper 48771, University Library of Munich, Germany.

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