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Multinationals, Minority Ownership and Tax-Efficient Financing Structures

We model how multinationals structure their borrowing and lending transactions and find that affiliates in high-tax countries have higher internal and overall debt ratios and lower rental rates of physical capital than comparable domestic firms. We also show that affiliates with minority owners have less debt than wholly owned affiliates.

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Paper provided by Department of Business and Management Science, Norwegian School of Economics in its series Discussion Papers with number 2008/19.

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Length: 22 pages
Date of creation: 17 Oct 2008
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Handle: RePEc:hhs:nhhfms:2008_019
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