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Is Taxation Affecting The Attractiveness Of Central And Eastern Europe Countries For Fdi?


  • Popovici Oana Cristina

    (Academy of Economic Studies, Bucharest, Romania)


The target of this paper is to determine whether taxation affects the attractiveness of Central and Eastern Europe (CEE) countries for foreign investors. In this scope, the paper analyzes the impact of taxation for the location decision of foreign direct investment (FDI) in CEE countries both in 2007 and 2010. A taxation index investing the effect of multiple host country taxes is developed in order to draw the attractiveness matrix for the countries taken into account. The taxation level comprises the corporate income tax rate, representing direct taxation, the value-added tax (VAT) and the social security contributions expressing indirect taxation and finally the ease of paying taxes, as provided in Doing Business report. The results indicate that relieving the burden of paying taxes by tackling the taxation issue is a mean for improving the FDI attractiveness of a country. Still, there are other factors that have higher influence on FDI inflows. The main finding is that there is no perfect correspondence between the shifts in taxation rankings and the FDI inflows performance.

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  • Popovici Oana Cristina, 2012. "Is Taxation Affecting The Attractiveness Of Central And Eastern Europe Countries For Fdi?," Annals - Economy Series, Constantin Brancusi University, Faculty of Economics, vol. 1, pages 141-145, March.
  • Handle: RePEc:cbu:jrnlec:y:2012:v:1:p:141-145

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    1. Madies, Thierry & Dethier, Jean-Jacques, 2010. "Fiscal competition in developing countries : a survey of the theoretical and empirical literature," Policy Research Working Paper Series 5311, The World Bank.
    2. Dana Hajkova & Giuseppe Nicoletti & Laura Vartia & Kwang-Yeol Yoo, 2006. "Taxation, Business Environment and FDI Location in OECD Countries," OECD Economics Department Working Papers 502, OECD Publishing.
    3. Christian Bellak & Markus Leibrecht & Jože P. Damijan, 2009. "Infrastructure Endowment and Corporate Income Taxes as Determinants of Foreign Direct Investment in Central and Eastern European Countries," The World Economy, Wiley Blackwell, vol. 32(2), pages 267-290, February.
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