The Impact of Double Taxation Treaties on Foreign Direct Investment: Evidence from Large Dyadic Panel Data
Contemporary Economic Policy, Vol. 28, No. 3, pp. 366-377, 2010
33 Pages Posted: 18 Aug 2008 Last revised: 7 Nov 2010
Date Written: May 7, 2009
To increase inward foreign direct investment (FDI), policy-makers increasingly resort to the ratification of double taxation treaties (DTTs). However, the effectiveness of DTTs in inducing higher FDI is still open to debate, as the empirical evidence of existing studies is anything but conclusive. In contrast to earlier approaches, we use a largely unpublished dataset on bilateral FDI stocks, covering a much larger and more representative sample of host and source countries. Controlling for standard determinants of FDI and employing various econometric specifications, our results indicate that DTTs do lead to higher FDI stocks and that the effects are substantively important as well.
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