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Tax incentives and the location of FDI: Evidence from a panel of German multinationals

  • Thiess Buettner

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  • Martin Ruf

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Using a firm-level panel data set this paper investigates the impact of taxation on the decision of German multinationals to hold or establish a subsidiary in other European countries or abroad. Taking account of unobserved local characteristics as well as firm-specific preferences for potential locations, the results confirm significant effects of tax incentives, market size, and of labor cost on cross-border location decisions. In accordance with Devereux and Griffith (1998) we find that the marginal effective tax rate has no predictive power for location decisions. However, the results indicate a considerably weaker predictive power of the effective average tax rate as compared to the statutory tax rate. Copyright Springer Science + Business Media, LLC 2007

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Volume (Year): 14 (2007)
Issue (Month): 2 (April)
Pages: 151-164

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Handle: RePEc:kap:itaxpf:v:14:y:2007:i:2:p:151-164
DOI: 10.1007/s10797-006-8721-5
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