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A Note on Transfer Pricing and the R&D Intensity of Irish Manufacturing

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  • Frank Barry

    (University College Dublin)

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    Ireland’s low corporation tax regime has proved especially attractive to foreign multinational companies operating in high-tech sectors. Ireland’s increasing concentration in such sectors has facilitated the country’s rise in the international R&D rankings. On a sector by sector basis however, R&D expenditures in Ireland remain low by international standards. This has led to questions about whether the health of the country’s R&D environment matches the technological orientation of its industry, and about the commitment of the foreign sector to R&D activities in host economies such as Ireland. The present note focuses on the transfer pricing behaviour that tends to arise in a low corporation tax regime, and shows that a simple correction for transfer pricing reveals Ireland to be less of an outlier in terms of sectoral R&D expenditures than the conventional measures suggest.

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    Paper provided by School Of Economics, University College Dublin in its series Working Papers with number 200230.

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    Length: 24 pages
    Date of creation: 28 Nov 2002
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    Handle: RePEc:ucn:wpaper:200230

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    Keywords: Transfer pricing; Multinational Corporations; R&D Intensity;

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    1. Magnus Blomstrom & Gunnar Fors & Robert E. Lipsey, 1997. "Foreign Direct Investment and Employment: Home Country Experience in the United States and Sweden," NBER Working Papers 6205, National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.
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    1. Frank Barry & Holger Gorg & Eric Strobl, 2005. "Foreign direct investment and wages in domestic firms in Ireland: Productivity spillovers versus labour-market crowding out," International Journal of the Economics of Business, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 12(1), pages 67-84.

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