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The Effect of Tax Treaties on Multinational Firms: New Evidence from Microdata

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  • Ronald B Davies

    () (University of Oregon)

  • Pehr-Johan Norbäck

    () (Research Institute of Industrial Economics)

  • Ayça Tekin-Koru

    () (Oregon State University)

Abstract

This paper uses affiliate level data from Swedish multinationals to examine the impact of tax treaties on both overall affiliate sales and the composition of those sales. In line with previous results, we find little evidence for an effect of treaties on the level of total sales. We do, however, find that a tax treaty increases the probability of investment by a firm in a given country. In addition, we find that a treaty reduces exports to the parent but increases imports of intermediate inputs from the parent. This is consistent with treaties increasing the effective host tax. This suggests that tax treaties impact the behavior of multinationals along some dimensions but not along others.

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  • Ronald B Davies & Pehr-Johan Norbäck & Ayça Tekin-Koru, 2007. "The Effect of Tax Treaties on Multinational Firms: New Evidence from Microdata," Working Papers 0721, Oxford University Centre for Business Taxation.
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    Keywords

    Tax Treaties; Multinational Firms; Foreign Direct Investment;

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    • 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
    • H25 - Public Economics - - Taxation, Subsidies, and Revenue - - - Business Taxes and Subsidies

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