Intra-Industry Spillovers of Profit Shifting and Tax Haven FDIs
36 Pages Posted: 6 Apr 2021 Last revised: 20 Sep 2022
Date Written: March 2, 2021
Do firms replicate the tax avoidance schemes of their peers? The present paper provides systematic evidence along these lines. An event study shows that a US-listed enterprise is more likely to enter a specific tax haven if another US-listed enterprise operating in the same sector already owns subsidiaries in that tax haven. The inclusion of three-way fixed effects, the absence of pre-trends, and several robustness checks consolidate the results. Moreover, profit shifting spillovers vary over time, across sectors, and by tax haven. The findings suggest that aggressive tax planning strategies spread within industries and carry policy implications.
Keywords: Multinational enterprises, profit shifting, tax havens, foreign direct investments, spillovers
JEL Classification: F23, H26, L25, M21
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