Taxation and the Financial Structure of German Outbound FDI

24 Pages Posted: 13 Jan 2006

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Jack Mintz

University of Calgary - The School of Public Policy; CESifo (Center for Economic Studies and Ifo Institute)

Alfons J. Weichenrieder

Goethe University Frankfurt - Department of Applied Econometrics and International Economic Policy; Vienna University of Economics and Business; CESifo (Center for Economic Studies and Ifo Institute)

Date Written: December 2005

Abstract

The paper analyzes the financial structure of outbound FDI during the period 1996-2002 by drawing on up to 54,022 firm-year observations of 13,758 German-owned subsidiaries. We find that the tax rate in the host country has a sizeable and significantly positive effect on leverage for wholly-owned foreign unlike partially-owned foreign companies. Most of the effect comes from increased intra-company borrowing, while third-party debt is not significantly affected by tax differences. While wholly-owned subsidiaries react more sensitively to tax rate differentials, they are less sensitive to macroeconomic influences like interest rates.

Keywords: foreign direct investment, financial structure, capital structure, taxation

JEL Classification: F23, H25

Suggested Citation

Mintz, Jack and Weichenrieder, Alfons J., Taxation and the Financial Structure of German Outbound FDI (December 2005). CESifo Working Paper Series No. 1612. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=875306

Jack Mintz

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Goethe University Frankfurt - Department of Applied Econometrics and International Economic Policy ( email )

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Munich, DE-81679
Germany

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