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Transfer prices and the structure of intra-firm trade


  • Vibhas Madan


In this paper the structure of intra-firm trade within the context of transfer price manipulation by a multinational firm is endogenized. "High" and "low" values of host-country tax rates give rise to intra-firm trade in final goods and intermediate inputs, and "intermediate" values of the tax rate are associated with intra-firm trade in either the intermediate inputs or the final goods only. Higher tariffs and stricter local content restrictions bias intra-firm trade towards intermediate-good trade and final-good trade, respectively. In the presence of endogenous transfer prices host-country sales may increase if the multinational faces stricter trade restrictions and higher host-country tax rates.

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  • Vibhas Madan, 2000. "Transfer prices and the structure of intra-firm trade," Canadian Journal of Economics, Canadian Economics Association, vol. 33(1), pages 53-68, February.
  • Handle: RePEc:cje:issued:v:33:y:2000:i:1:p:53-68

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    1. Ronald B. Davies & Pehr-Johan Norbäck & Ayça Tekin-Koru, 2009. "The Effect of Tax Treaties on Multinational Firms: New Evidence from Microdata," The World Economy, Wiley Blackwell, vol. 32(1), pages 77-110, January.
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    4. Jacques, Armel, 2006. "Des firmes multinationales : un survol de la littérature microéconomique," L'Actualité Economique, Société Canadienne de Science Economique, vol. 82(4), pages 643-691, décembre.

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    JEL classification:

    • F23 - International Economics - - International Factor Movements and International Business - - - Multinational Firms; International Business
    • F12 - International Economics - - Trade - - - Models of Trade with Imperfect Competition and Scale Economies; Fragmentation


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