Corporate Income Tax Reforms and International Tax Competition

Posted: 4 Jan 2005

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Michael P. Devereux

Centre for Business Taxation, Oxford University; CESifo (Center for Economic Studies and Ifo Institute); Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS); Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR); University of Oxford - Said Business School; University of Oxford - Said Business School

Rachel Griffith

Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS); University of Manchester; Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR)

Alexander Klemm

International Monetary Fund (IMF)

Abstract

This paper analyses the development of taxes on corporate income in EU and G7 countries over the last two decades. We establish a number of stylised facts about their development. Tax-cutting and base-broadening reforms have had the effect that, on average across EU and G7 countries, effective tax rates on marginal investment have remained fairly stable, but those on more profitable investments have fallen. We discuss two possible explanations of these stylised facts arising from alternative forms of tax competition. First, governments may be responding to a fall in the cost of income shifting, which puts downward pressure on the statutory tax rate. Second, reforms are consistent with competition for more profitable projects, in particular those earned by multinational firms.

Keywords: capital income tax, tax competition, multinational firms

JEL Classification: F2, H2, H3

Suggested Citation

Devereux, Michael P. and Griffith, Rachel and Klemm, Alexander, Corporate Income Tax Reforms and International Tax Competition. Economic Policy, Vol.17-35, pp. 451-495, 2002. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=639482

Michael P. Devereux

Centre for Business Taxation, Oxford University ( email )

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Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS) ( email )

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Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR)

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University of Oxford - Said Business School ( email )

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Oxford, OX1 1HP
Great Britain

University of Oxford - Said Business School ( email )

Park End Street
Oxford, OX1 1HP
Great Britain

Rachel Griffith

Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS) ( email )

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United Kingdom
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Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR)

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Alexander Klemm (Contact Author)

International Monetary Fund (IMF) ( email )

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Washington, DC 20431
United States

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