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Transfer-pricing and Measured Productivity of Multinational Firms

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  • Giorgia Maffini

    () (Oxford University Centre for Business Taxation)

  • Socrates Mokkas

    () (Oxford University Centre for Business Taxation)

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This paper examines the diferences in total factor productivity (TFP) between multinationals and domestic firms before and after tax rate changes to investigate whether the host country corporate tax rate has a significant influence on the measured TFP advantage of multinational companies. Using a difference-in-differences approach on a sample of approximately 16,000 European firms (1998-2004), we find that a 10 percentage points cut in the statutory corporate tax rate would increase multinationals' measured TFP by about 10% relative to domestic firms, consistent with profit-shifting by multinationals. At the sample mean, this would imply a 44% increase in the TFP advantage of multinationals.

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  • Giorgia Maffini & Socrates Mokkas, 2008. "Transfer-pricing and Measured Productivity of Multinational Firms," Working Papers 0817, Oxford University Centre for Business Taxation.
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    Keywords

    multinational firms; total factor productivity; corporate taxation; profit shifting;

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    • D24 - Microeconomics - - Production and Organizations - - - Production; Cost; Capital; Capital, Total Factor, and Multifactor Productivity; Capacity
    • H25 - Public Economics - - Taxation, Subsidies, and Revenue - - - Business Taxes and Subsidies
    • F23 - International Economics - - International Factor Movements and International Business - - - Multinational Firms; International Business

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