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Why pay more? Corporate tax avoidance through transfer pricing in OECD countries

  • Bartelsman, Eric J.
  • Beetsma, Roel M. W. J.

This paper presents evidence of profit shifting in response to differences in corporate tax rates for a large selection of OECD countries. In our estimates we control for the effects of tax rate changes on real activity. Our baseline estimates suggest that, on average, a unilateral increase in the corporate tax rate does not lead to an increase in corporate tax revenues owing to a more than offsetting decline in reported profits.

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Article provided by Elsevier in its journal Journal of Public Economics.

Volume (Year): 87 (2003)
Issue (Month): 9-10 (September)
Pages: 2225-2252

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Handle: RePEc:eee:pubeco:v:87:y:2003:i:9-10:p:2225-2252
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