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Why Pay More? Corporate Tax Avoidance Through Transfer Pricing in OECD Countries

This paper presents evidence of profit shifting in response to differences in corporate tax rates for a large selection of OECD countries. In our estimates we control for the effects of tax rate changes on real activity. Our baseline estimates suggest that, on average, a unilateral increase in the corporate tax rate does not lead to an increase in corporate tax revenues owing to a more than offsetting decline in reported profits.

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Paper provided by C.E.P.R. Discussion Papers in its series CEPR Discussion Papers with number 2543.

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Date of creation: Aug 2000
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Handle: RePEc:cpr:ceprdp:2543
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