'U.S. Worldwide Taxation and Domestic Mergers and Acquisitions' A Discussion
18 Pages Posted: 3 Feb 2021
Date Written: August 20, 2018
Harris and O’Brien (2018) investigate whether U.S. tax policy distorts U.S. multinationals’ (MNCs) investment. They find that MNCs facing higher repatriation tax costs engage in fewer domestic acquisitions. The study re-examines the results in two prior studies that found no effect (Hanlon et al. 2015) and a positive effect (Martin et al. 2015) by introducing a new proxy for repatriation tax costs: A binary variable for whether the MNC uses the Double Irish structure. We critique the theory underlying the prediction as well as the proxy. We conclude that caution should be exercised in taking the results at face value.
Keywords: Repatriation tax costs, M&A, domestic acquisitions
JEL Classification: M42, H21, F23, G34
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