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Bargaining over Tax Information Exchange

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  • May Elsayyad
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    This paper empirically studies recent treaty signings between tax havens and OECD countries as the outcome of a bargaining process over treaty form. Havens can decide not to sign an agreement, to sign a tax information exchange agreement or to sign a double taxation convention. We use a highly stylized bargaining model to develop testable hypotheses with regards to the type of agreement signed. We show that the main determinants of treaty signing are a haven's bargaining power and good governance. We show that it is easier to renegotiate an already existent treaty to include information exchange than to pressure countries with no existent agreement.

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    Paper provided by Max Planck Institute for Tax Law and Public Finance in its series Working Papers with number bargaining_over_tax_information_exchange.

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    Length: 37 pages
    Date of creation: Feb 2012
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    Handle: RePEc:mpi:wpaper:bargaining_over_tax_information_exchange

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