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Should profit shifting be prohibited? The importance of timing

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  • Robert Philipowski

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    Measures against profit shifting, such as transfer pricing or thin capitalization rules, impose compliance costs even on firms which do not shift their profits. It is therefore not at all clear whether and under which circumstances such measures are desirable. In this note we investigate the influence of the timing of decisions on this question. In a very general setting we show that prohibiting profit shifting is less desirable if tax havens act as Stackelberg followers than if they take their policy decisions simultaneously with normal countries.

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    Volume (Year): 36 (2016)
    Issue (Month): 4 ()
    Pages: 2365-2367

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