Tax vs. Regulation Policy and the Location of Financial Sector FDI
34 Pages Posted: 6 Oct 2015
Date Written: September 21, 2015
This paper analyzes how corporate taxation and regulatory requirements affect the location of financial sector FDI. We use novel information on new financial services entities established by multinational firms in 83 host countries. We find a negative effect of host country taxes on the probability of choosing a particular host location. We can also confirm a significant influence of the regulatory environment. For example, stricter (equity) capital requirements negatively affect location probabilities. Our empirical approach allows us to provide new insight in how a policy measure of a given country affects other countries by estimating cross-country tax and regulation elasticities.
Keywords: financial sector taxation, multinational banks, corporate taxation, mixed logit model
JEL Classification: F300, G210, G280, H870
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