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Opportunities to Divert, Firm Value, and Taxation: Theory and Evidence from European Firms

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  • Robert Krämer
  • Vilen Lipatov

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We study the relationship between opportunities for managerial diversion, corporate tax system parameters, and the return on shareholder funds. Theoretically, in a simple game between corporate insiders and outsiders, higher costs of diversion increase the return. European firm-level data lend support to these results. Further, in civil-law countries an increase in the corporate tax rate has a positive effect on shareholder value, whereas in common-law countries it has a negative effect.

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  • Robert Krämer & Vilen Lipatov, 2012. "Opportunities to Divert, Firm Value, and Taxation: Theory and Evidence from European Firms," FinanzArchiv: Public Finance Analysis, Mohr Siebeck, Tübingen, vol. 68(1), pages 17-47, March.
  • Handle: RePEc:mhr:finarc:urn:sici:0015-2218(201203)68:1_17:otdfva_2.0.tx_2-9
    DOI: 10.1628/001522108X632005
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    1. Robert Krämer & Vilen Lipatov, 2013. "The Effect of Corporate Taxation and Ownership on Raising Shareholder Capital," CESifo Working Paper Series 4436, CESifo Group Munich.

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    Keywords

    corporate governance; corporate taxation;

    JEL classification:

    • G3 - Financial Economics - - Corporate Finance and Governance
    • H25 - Public Economics - - Taxation, Subsidies, and Revenue - - - Business Taxes and Subsidies
    • H26 - Public Economics - - Taxation, Subsidies, and Revenue - - - Tax Evasion and Avoidance

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