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What a difference does it make? Understanding the empirical literature on taxation and international capital flows

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  • Ruud A. de Mooij
  • Sjef Ederveen

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This study explains the variation in empirical estimates in the literature on the elasticity of foreign direct investment with respect to company tax levels. To that end, the meta analysis of De Mooij and Ederveen (2003) is extended by considering an alternative classification of the literature and by including new studies that have recently become available. Specific attention is paid to two new dimensions: the spatial and the time dimension of the underlying studies.

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Paper provided by Directorate General Economic and Monetary Affairs (DG ECFIN), European Commission in its series European Economy - Economic Papers with number 261.

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Length: 34 pages
Date of creation: Dec 2006
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Handle: RePEc:euf:ecopap:0261

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Keywords: Foreign direct investment; corporate taxation; meta analysis; international capital flows; de Mooij; Ederveen;

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Cited by:
  1. Becker, Sascha O. & Egger, Peter H. & Merlo, Valeria, 2012. "How low business tax rates attract MNE activity: Municipality-level evidence from Germany," Journal of Public Economics, Elsevier, vol. 96(9-10), pages 698-711.
  2. Harry Huizinga & Johannes Voget & Wolf Wagner, 2012. "International Taxation and Cross-Border Banking," NBER Working Papers 18483, National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.
  3. Barrios, Salvador & Huizinga, Harry & Laeven, Luc & Nicodeme, Gaetan, 2008. "International Taxation and Multinational Firm Location Decisions," CEPR Discussion Papers 7047, C.E.P.R. Discussion Papers.

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