You Can't Take it with You: Behavioral Finance and Corporate Expatriations
69 Pages Posted: 8 Jun 2003 Last revised: 3 Jul 2017
In 2002, reports of corporate expatriations filled the headlines. These reports came as something of a surprise to policy makers because the anti-inversion rules enacted in the early 1990s should have prevented almost all of these transactions. Various commentators have offered explanations for this phenomenon. These explanations, however, are not consistent with the empirical evidence. I offer an explanation for current inversion activity and argue that corporate managers are exploiting fluctuations in stock prices to expatriate at reduced cost.
Keywords: tax law, tax policy, corporate law, behavioral economics, public economics
JEL Classification: K20, K34, K200, K290
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