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Do double taxation treaties increase foreign direct investment to developing countries?


  • Neumayer, Eric


Developing countries invest time and other scarce resources to negotiate and conclude double taxation treaties (DTTs) with developed countries. They also accept a loss of tax revenue as such treaties typically favour residence-based over source-based taxation and developing countries are typically net capital importers. The incurred costs will only pay off if developing countries can expect to receive more foreign direct investment (FDI) in return. This is the first study to provide evidence that developing countries that have signed a DTT with the US or a higher number of DTTs with important capital exporters actually do receive more FDI from the US and in total. However, DTTs are only effective in the group of middle-, not low-income developing countries.
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  • Neumayer, Eric, 2007. "Do double taxation treaties increase foreign direct investment to developing countries?," LSE Research Online Documents on Economics 3054, London School of Economics and Political Science, LSE Library.
  • Handle: RePEc:ehl:lserod:3054

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