Taxes and Decision Rights in Multinationals

22 Pages Posted: 3 Jan 2007

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Soren Bo Nielsen

Copenhagen Business School - Department of Economics; Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR); CESifo (Center for Economic Studies and Ifo Institute)

Pascalis Raimondos

Queensland University of Technology - School of Economics and Finance; Copenhagen Business School - Department of Economics; Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR); CESifo (Center for Economic Studies and Ifo Institute)

Guttorm Schjelderup

Norwegian School of Economics (NHH) - Department of Business and Management Science

Date Written: November 2006

Abstract

We examine how a multinational's choice to centralize or de-centralize its decision structure is affected by country tax differentials. Within a simple model that emphasizes the multiple conflicting roles of transfer prices in MNEs - here, as a strategic pre-commitment device and a tax manipulation instrument - we show that decentralization is preferred in case of small tax differentials, whereas centralization can be more profitable, when tax differentials are large. In essence, the organizational flexibility of MNEs is triggered by the scope for tax minimization. Our analysis allows for both commitment and non-commitment to transfer prices, and for alternative modes of competition.

Keywords: Centralized vs. de-centralized decisions, taxes, transfer prices, MNEs

JEL Classification: F23, H25, L23

Suggested Citation

Nielsen, Soren Bo and Raimondos, Pascalis and Schjelderup, Guttorm, Taxes and Decision Rights in Multinationals (November 2006). CEPR Discussion Paper No. 5952. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=954727

Soren Bo Nielsen (Contact Author)

Copenhagen Business School - Department of Economics ( email )

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Pascalis Raimondos

Queensland University of Technology - School of Economics and Finance ( email )

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Guttorm Schjelderup

Norwegian School of Economics (NHH) - Department of Business and Management Science ( email )

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Norway

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