Labor Taxation and FDI decisions in the European Union
AbstractThis paper uses panel data on bilateral FDI flows in the European Union to empirically analyze the impact of labor and corporate taxations on FDI decisions. While the effect of corporate taxes on FDI is well documented, the impact of labor taxes on FDI has been neglected. This is surprising since labor taxation may influence FDI as well. The reason for this is that taxation of labor affects the production cost and the ability to attract and retain productive labor and ultimately the investment return. By employing a Heckman two-step estimation model, which controls for possible sample selection bias due to many zero bilateral observations, it is found that labor taxes do influence FDI decisions. The effect is significant both statistically and economically, although the magnitude is smaller than for corporate tax.
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labor taxation; foreign direct investment;
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- F15 - International Economics - - Trade - - - Economic Integration
- F21 - International Economics - - International Factor Movements and International Business - - - International Investment; Long-Term Capital Movements
- H71 - Public Economics - - State and Local Government; Intergovernmental Relations - - - State and Local Taxation, Subsidies, and Revenue
- H73 - Public Economics - - State and Local Government; Intergovernmental Relations - - - Interjurisdictional Differentials and Their Effects
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- NEP-ACC-2011-03-12 (Accounting & Auditing)
- NEP-ALL-2011-03-12 (All new papers)
- NEP-EEC-2011-03-12 (European Economics)
- NEP-EUR-2011-03-12 (Microeconomic European Issues)
- NEP-INT-2011-03-12 (International Trade)
- NEP-PBE-2011-03-12 (Public Economics)
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