An FDI-Driven Approach to Measuring the Scale and Economic Impact of BEPs

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Richard Bolwijn

United Nations - Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD)

Bruno Casella

United Nations - Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD)

Davide Rigo

Graduate Institute, Geneva (IHEID), Students

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Date Written: September 14, 2018

Abstract

This paper explores the link between foreign direct investment (FDI) and the BEPS (base erosion and profit shifting) practices of multinationals (MNEs). It puts the spotlight on the outsize role of offshore investment hubs as major players in global corporate investment, a role that is largely due to MNEs’ tax planning, although other factors contribute. The paper shows that tax avoidance practices enabled by FDI through offshore hubs are responsible for significant leakage of development financing resources. In policy terms, these findings call for enhanced cooperation and synergies between international tax and investment policymaking.

Keywords: multinational enterprise, BEPS, revenue losses, developing countries, offshore investment

Suggested Citation

Bolwijn, Richard and Casella, Bruno and Rigo, Davide, An FDI-Driven Approach to Measuring the Scale and Economic Impact of BEPs (September 14, 2018). Transnational Corporations Journal, Vol. 25, No. 2, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3617653

Richard Bolwijn (Contact Author)

United Nations - Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) ( email )

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Bruno Casella

United Nations - Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) ( email )

Palais des Nations
Office E 8074
Geneva, 1211
Switzerland

Davide Rigo

Graduate Institute, Geneva (IHEID), Students ( email )

Switzerland

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