Specific Investment and Negotiated Transfer Pricing in an International Transfer Pricing Model
Schmalenbach Business Review, Vol. 65, January 2013, pp. 27-50
24 Pages Posted: 16 Oct 2013
Date Written: 2013
We study the efficiency of negotiated transfer pricing for solving a bilateral hold-up problem in a multinational enterprise. We show that negotiated transfer pricing will generally not provide incentives for an efficient renegotiation of the initial contract and efficient investments because the divisions possess only one instrument for solving two problems. Either they minimize taxes or they redistribute the gains from efficient trade. The second-best solution solves the renegotiation problem under the arm‘s length constraint. It entails that the firm either executes the ex-ante contract or entirely ignores tax considerations when making a quantity adjustment. We also find that the optimal investment decision and the optimal ex-ante contract are governed by the nature of the international tax difference.
Keywords: International Taxation, Specific Investments, Transfer Pricing
JEL Classification: C78, M16, M41
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