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Foreign Direct Investment, Tax Competition and Social Expenditure

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  • Holger Görg
  • Hassan Molana
  • Catia Montagna

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The aim of this paper is to make a first step towards studying the role of social expenditure and its interaction with corporate taxation in determining the destination of foreign direct investment (FDI) flows. Using panel data for 18 OECD countries and measuring the extent of social welfare policies by the (public social expenditure)/GDP ratio, we find strong support for the conjecture that redistributive social welfare state policies are valued by multinationals as, for instance, they may signal a government’s commitment to social stability.

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Paper provided by Economic Studies, University of Dundee in its series Dundee Discussion Papers in Economics with number 198.

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Length: 20 pages
Date of creation: Jan 2007
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Handle: RePEc:dun:dpaper:198

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  1. Mayer, Wolfgang & Mourmouras, Alexandros, 2010. "IMF surveillance as a signal to attract foreign investment," International Review of Economics & Finance, Elsevier, vol. 19(4), pages 562-574, October.
  2. Görg, Holger & Molana, Hassan & Montagna, Catia, 2009. "Foreign direct investment, tax competition and social expenditure," International Review of Economics & Finance, Elsevier, vol. 18(1), pages 31-37, January.
  3. Godar, Sarah & Paetz, Christoph & Truger, Achim, 2014. "Progressive tax reform in OECD countries : perspectives and obstacles," ILO Working Papers 485510, International Labour Organization.
  4. Yu-Fu Chen & Holger Görg & Dennis Görlich & Hassan Molana & Catia Montagna & Yama Temouri, 2014. "Globalisation and the future of the welfare state," WWWforEurope Working Papers series 54, WWWforEurope.
  5. Sanjo, Yasuo, 2012. "Country risk, country size, and tax competition for foreign direct investment," International Review of Economics & Finance, Elsevier, vol. 21(1), pages 292-301.
  6. Estelle P. Dauchy & Christopher Balding, 2013. "Asymmetric Trade Estimator in Modified Gravity: Corporate Tax Rates and Trade in OECD Countries," Working Papers w0200, Center for Economic and Financial Research (CEFIR).
  7. Markus Leibrecht & Michael Klien & Oezlem Onaran, 2011. "Globalization, welfare regimes and social protection expenditures in Western and Eastern European countries," Public Choice, Springer, vol. 148(3), pages 569-594, September.
  8. Hao, Qian & Lahiri, Sajal, 2009. "Competition for foreign direct investment: The role of technology and market structure," International Review of Economics & Finance, Elsevier, vol. 18(4), pages 680-690, October.

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