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The Transfer Pricing Problem: Where the Profits Are

  • James R. Hines, Jr.

Section 1 introduces the material. Section 2 of this paper describes the transfer pricing problem and some solutions that have been proposed in the past. Section 3 offers a different solution and demonstrates that it supports an efficient allocation of resources. Section 4 briefly discusses some of the complications that arise in practice, analyzes methods governments have employed to address this problem, and argues that the solution corresponds to concepts of income division that governments have tried to employ in broader contexts.

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Paper provided by National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc in its series NBER Working Papers with number 3538.

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