The Effect of Foreign Institutional Ownership on Corporate Tax Avoidance: International Evidence
Posted: 14 May 2019
Date Written: 2016
This study examines whether foreign institutional investors (FIIs) help explain variation in corporate tax avoidance and whether mechanisms such as tax morality, investment horizon, and corporate governance underlie the relation between FIIs and tax avoidance. We find robust evidence that FIIs are negatively associated with corporate tax avoidance. Moreover, this negative association is dominated by FIIs from countries with high tax morality, FIIs with long-term investment horizons, and FIIs from countries with high corporate governance quality. We conclude that FIIs play an active role in shaping corporate tax avoidance policy.
Keywords: tax avoidance, foreign institutional ownership, tax morale, investment horizon, corporate governance
JEL Classification: G23, G32, H26, M41
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