Do Corporate Taxes Hinder Innovation?

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Abhiroop Mukherjee

Hong Kong University of Science & Technology (HKUST) - Department of Finance

Manpreet Singh

Georgia Institute of Technology

Alminas Zaldokas

Hong Kong University of Science & Technology (HKUST) - Department of Finance

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Date Written: May 25, 2015

Abstract

We exploit staggered changes in state-level corporate tax rates to show that an increase in taxes reduces future innovation. A variety of tests, including those based on policy discontinuity at contiguous counties straddling borders of politically similar states, show that local economic conditions do not drive our results. The effect we document is consistent across the innovation spectrum: taxes affect not only patenting and R\&D investment but also new product introductions, which we measure using textual analysis. Our empirical results are consistent with models that highlight the role of higher corporate taxes in reducing innovator incentives and discouraging risk-taking.

Keywords: Innovation, Patents, Research and Development, New Products, Corporate Taxes

JEL Classification: G30, G38, H25, O31

Suggested Citation

Mukherjee, Abhiroop and Singh, Manpreet and Zaldokas, Alminas, Do Corporate Taxes Hinder Innovation? (May 25, 2015). Paris December 2015 Finance Meeting EUROFIDAI - AFFI. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2365980 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2365980

Abhiroop Mukherjee

Hong Kong University of Science & Technology (HKUST) - Department of Finance ( email )

Clear Water Bay, Kowloon
Hong Kong

Manpreet Singh

Georgia Institute of Technology ( email )

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Room 4162
Atlanta, GA 30308
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Alminas Zaldokas (Contact Author)

Hong Kong University of Science & Technology (HKUST) - Department of Finance ( email )

Clear Water Bay, Kowloon
Hong Kong

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