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How elastic are national corporate income tax bases in OECD countries? The role of domestic and foreign tax rates

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  • Aleksandra Riedl
  • Silvia Rocha-Akis

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To what extent do reductions in corporate income tax (CIT) rates attract foreign tax bases? What are the revenue implications of a unilateral tax reduction when tax bases are internationally mobile? These questions are explored using annual data from 17 OECD countries spanning the period 1982 to 2005. Controlling for fixed country effects, year effects, and country time trends, and subjecting our results to an extensive robustness analysis, we find (i) a country's aggregate reported corporate profits are negatively and significantly affected by CIT rate reductions in neighbouring countries; (ii) a unilateral reduction in the domestic CIT rate results in lower domestic CIT revenues.

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  • Aleksandra Riedl & Silvia Rocha-Akis, 2012. "How elastic are national corporate income tax bases in OECD countries? The role of domestic and foreign tax rates," Canadian Journal of Economics, Canadian Economics Association, vol. 45(2), pages 632-671, May.
  • Handle: RePEc:cje:issued:v:45:y:2012:i:2:p:632-671
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    1. Godar, Sarah. & Paetz, Christoph. & Truger, Achim., 2014. "Progressive tax reform in OECD countries : perspectives and obstacles," ILO Working Papers 994855103402676, International Labour Organization.
    2. Enrico Colombatto, 2012. "Fiscal Harmonization: Credible Goal or Trojan Horse?," Working papers 010, Department of Economics and Statistics (Dipartimento di Scienze Economico-Sociali e Matematico-Statistiche), University of Torino.
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    4. Florence TOUYA, 2016. "EU tax competition and tax avoidance: A multiprincipal perspective," Working Papers 2015-2016_11, CATT - UPPA - Université de Pau et des Pays de l'Adour, revised Aug 2016.
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    6. Laura Kawano & Joel Slemrod, 2016. "How do corporate tax bases change when corporate tax rates change? With implications for the tax rate elasticity of corporate tax revenues," International Tax and Public Finance, Springer;International Institute of Public Finance, vol. 23(3), pages 401-433, June.
    7. Leoš Vítek, 2013. "Corporate Income Taxation and the Corporate Tax Base in the Czech Republic," Český finanční a účetní časopis, University of Economics, Prague, vol. 2013(2).

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    JEL classification:

    • H87 - Public Economics - - Miscellaneous Issues - - - International Fiscal Issues; International Public Goods
    • C23 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Single Equation Models; Single Variables - - - Models with Panel Data; Spatio-temporal Models

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