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Corporate Taxation, Agglomeration and FDI: Firm Level Evidence for Belgium

  • Tim Goesaert
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    This paper analyzes the sensitivity of Belgian outbound FDI to cor- porate taxation rates and economic clustering. Our approach involves detailed balance sheet data of the foreign aliates as our proxy of FDI and a measure of regional knowledge spillovers as agglomeration variable. The results reveal that investments are sensitive to changes in fiscal policy, with an average tax sensitivity of around -1.5. We also pick up an effect of agglomeration economies: a regional increase in the number of own industry firms dampens tax sensitivity.

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    Paper provided by Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Faculteit Economie en Bedrijfswetenschappen, Vives in its series Vives discussion paper series with number 23.

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    Date of creation: 2011
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    Handle: RePEc:ete:vivwps:23
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