61 Pages Posted: 18 Mar 2011 Last revised: 11 Feb 2015
Date Written: April 4, 2012
In choosing transparency, firms must trade off the benefits from better access to finance against the cost of a greater tax burden. We study this trade-off in a model with distortionary taxes and endogenous rationing of external finance. The evidence from two different data sets, one formed only by listed firms and another mainly by unlisted firms, bears out the model’s predictions: First, investment and access to finance are positively correlated with accounting transparency, especially in firms that depend more on external finance, and are negatively correlated with tax pressure. Second, transparency is negatively correlated with tax pressure, particularly in sectors where firms are less dependent on external finance, and is positively correlated with tax enforcement. Finally, financial development enhances the positive effect of transparency on investment, and encourages transparency by financially dependent firms.
Keywords: transparency, tax pressure, investment, access to finance
JEL Classification: G31, G32, G38, H25, H26, M40
Suggested Citation: Suggested Citation
Ellul, Andrew and Jappelli, Tullio and Pagano, Marco and Panunzi, Fausto, Transparency, Tax Pressure and Access to Finance (April 4, 2012). AFA 2012 Chicago Meetings Paper; ECGI - Finance Working Paper No. 332/2012. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1786391 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1786391