The non-neutrality of the arm's length principle with imperfect competition
AbstractThe Arm’s Length Principle (ALP) has been broadly adopted by OECD countries to avoid the use of firm’s internal transfer pricing as a device for shifting profits into low tax jurisdictions. While the ALP does not affect market outcomes under perfect competition, we show that its adoption is non-neutral under imperfect competition: a strict (lax) application of the ALP softens competition among subsidiaries (parents). Thus, under imperfect competition optimal transfer pricing regulations must account for their impact on market outcomes, as well as for their impact on tax revenue.
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Bibliographic InfoPaper provided by Universidad Carlos III, Departamento de Economía in its series Economics Working Papers with number we1134.
Date of creation: Nov 2011
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Transfer pricing regulation; Arm´s Length Principle; Imperfect competition; Vertical separation;
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