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Do Strong Fences Make Strong Neighbors?

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  • Desai, Mihir A.
  • Dharmapala, Dhammika

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Many features of U.S. tax policy towards multinational firms — including the governing principle of capital export neutrality, the byzantine system of expense allocation, and anti-inversion legislation — reflect the intuition that building “strong fences” around the United States advances American interests. This paper examines the interaction of a strong fences policy with the increasingly important global markets for corporate residence, corporate control and corporate equities. These markets provide opportunities for entrepreneurs, managers, and investors to circumvent a strong fences policy. The paper provides simple descriptive evidence of the growing importance of these markets and considers the implications for U.S. tax policy.

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  • Desai, Mihir A. & Dharmapala, Dhammika, 2010. "Do Strong Fences Make Strong Neighbors?," National Tax Journal, National Tax Association;National Tax Journal, vol. 63(4), pages 723-740, December.
  • Handle: RePEc:ntj:journl:v:63:y:2010:i:4:p:723-40
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