The Effect of Tax Treaties on Multinational Firms: New Evidence from Microdata

34 Pages Posted: 29 Jan 2009

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Ronald B. Davies

University of Oregon - Department of Economics

Pehr-Johan Norbäck

Research Institute of Industrial Economics (IFN)

Ayça Tekin-Koru

TED University

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Abstract

This paper uses affiliate-level data from Swedish multinationals to examine the impact of tax treaties on both overall affiliate sales and the composition of those sales. In line with previous results, we find little evidence for an effect of treaties on the level of total sales. We do, however, find that a tax treaty increases the probability of investment by a firm in a given country. In addition, we find that a treaty reduces exports to the parent but increases imports of intermediate inputs from the parent. This is consistent with treaties increasing the effective host tax. This suggests that tax treaties impact the behaviour of multinationals along some dimensions but not along others.

Suggested Citation

Davies, Ronald B. and Norbäck, Pehr-Johan and Tekin-Koru, Ayca, The Effect of Tax Treaties on Multinational Firms: New Evidence from Microdata. World Economy, Vol. 32, Issue 1, pp. 77-110, January 2009. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1334997 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1467-9701.2009.01158.x

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