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Cross-Country Evidence On The Preliminary Effects Of Patent Box Regimes On Patent Activity And Ownership

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  • Bradley, Sebastien

    () (School of Economics)

  • Dauchy, Estelle

    () (New Economic School)

  • Robinson, Leslie

    () (Tuck School of Business)

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This paper evaluates the initial impacts of patent box regimes in light of their primary stated objectives: stimulating domestic innovation and retaining mobile patent income to limit base erosion. Despite their lack of nexus requirements, we find that patent box regimes yield a 3 percent increase in new patent applications for every percentage point reduction in the tax rate on patent income. We find no significant impact of these regimes on deterring outward cross-border attribution of patent ownership, or on attracting ownership of foreign inventions. Increased patenting activity hence appears focused on inventions involving co-located (domestic) patent owners and inventors.

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  • Bradley, Sebastien & Dauchy, Estelle & Robinson, Leslie, 2015. "Cross-Country Evidence On The Preliminary Effects Of Patent Box Regimes On Patent Activity And Ownership," School of Economics Working Paper Series 2015-1, LeBow College of Business, Drexel University.
  • Handle: RePEc:ris:drxlwp:2015_001
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    1. Annette Alstadsæter & Salvador Barrios & Gaetan Nicodeme & Agnieszka Maria Skonieczna & Antonio Vezzani, 2018. "Patent boxes design, patents location, and local R&D," Economic Policy, CEPR;CES;MSH, vol. 33(93), pages 131-177.
    2. Schwab, Thomas & Todtenhaupt, Maximilian, 2016. "Spillover from the haven: Cross-border externalities of patent box regimes within multinational firms," ZEW Discussion Papers 16-073, ZEW - Leibniz Centre for European Economic Research.
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    4. Bronwyn H Hall, 2019. "Tax Policy for Innovation," National Institute of Economic and Social Research (NIESR) Discussion Papers 506, National Institute of Economic and Social Research.
    5. Ben Klemens, 2017. "Intellectual Property Boxes and the Paradox of Price Discrimination," Working Papers 1703, Council on Economic Policies.
    6. Bornemann, Tobias & Laplante, Stacie K. & Osswald, Benjamin, 2018. "The effect of intellectual property boxes on innovative activity & effective tax rates," arqus Discussion Papers in Quantitative Tax Research 234, arqus - Arbeitskreis Quantitative Steuerlehre.
    7. Pfeiffer, Olena & Spengel, Christoph, 2017. "Tax incentives for research and development and their use in tax planning," ZEW Discussion Papers 17-046, ZEW - Leibniz Centre for European Economic Research.

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    Keywords

    patent box; tax policy; innovation; base erosion;

    JEL classification:

    • H25 - Public Economics - - Taxation, Subsidies, and Revenue - - - Business Taxes and Subsidies
    • H32 - Public Economics - - Fiscal Policies and Behavior of Economic Agents - - - Firm
    • K34 - Law and Economics - - Other Substantive Areas of Law - - - Tax Law

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