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Multiple taxes and alternative forms of FDI: evidence from cross-border acquisitions

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  • Nils Herger

    () (Study Center Gerzensee)

  • Christos Kotsogiannis

    () (University of Exeter Business School
    CESIfo)

  • Steve McCorriston

    () (University of Exeter Business School)

Abstract

Abstract This paper explores the role of tax instruments in affecting foreign direct investment (FDI), paying particular attention on their effect on two forms of FDI strategy, ‘horizontal’ and ‘vertical’. Applying a decomposition of FDI strategies to the universe of cross-border mergers (the dominant form of FDI) over the period 1999–2010, it emerges that taxes have a much more nuanced effect on FDI than frequently suggested; while corporate taxes affect FDI negatively, the tax elasticity varies depending on the FDI strategy (with vertical FDI being in general more responsive), the exact measure of taxation, and international tax considerations (double taxation, withholding taxes). Sales taxes also affect FDI, but only horizontally.

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  • Nils Herger & Christos Kotsogiannis & Steve McCorriston, 2016. "Multiple taxes and alternative forms of FDI: evidence from cross-border acquisitions," International Tax and Public Finance, Springer;International Institute of Public Finance, vol. 23(1), pages 82-113, February.
  • Handle: RePEc:kap:itaxpf:v:23:y:2016:i:1:d:10.1007_s10797-015-9351-6
    DOI: 10.1007/s10797-015-9351-6
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    Keywords

    Corporate taxation; Cross-border acquisitions; Location choice; Poisson regression; Sales taxes;

    JEL classification:

    • F15 - International Economics - - Trade - - - Economic Integration
    • F21 - International Economics - - International Factor Movements and International Business - - - International Investment; Long-Term Capital Movements
    • F23 - International Economics - - International Factor Movements and International Business - - - Multinational Firms; International Business
    • F33 - International Economics - - International Finance - - - International Monetary Arrangements and Institutions

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