|Dischinger, Matthias and Riedel, Nadine (2008): Corporate Taxes, Profit Shifting and the Location of Intangibles within Multinational Firms. Discussion Papers in Economics 2008-11|
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Intangible assets are one major source of profit shifting opportunities due to a highly intransparent transfer pricing process. Our paper argues that multinational enterprises (MNEs) optimize their profit shifting strategy by locating shifting–relevant intangible property at affiliates with a low statutory corporate tax rate. Using panel data for European MNEs and controlling for unobserved time–constant heterogeneity between affiliates, we find that the lower a subsidiary’s tax rate relative to other affiliates of the multinational group the higher is its level of intangible asset investment. This effect is statistically and economically significant, even after controlling for subsidiary size and accounting for a dynamic intangible investment pattern.
|Item Type:||Paper (Discussion Paper)|
|Keywords:||corporate taxation, multinational enterprise, profit shifting, intangible assets, micro level data|
Economics > Discussion Papers in Economics
Economics > Discussion Papers in Economics > Public Finance
|Subjects:||300 Social sciences > 300 Social sciences, sociology and anthropology|
300 Social sciences > 330 Economics
|JEL Classification:||H25, F23, H26, C33|
|Deposited On:||19. Jun 2008 08:55|
|Last Modified:||24. May 2012 19:35|
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