Profit Shifting in the EU: Evidence from Germany

29 Pages Posted: 5 Jul 2007

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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: July 2007

Abstract

The paper considers profit shifting behavior using data on German inbound and outbound FDI. It finds an empirical correlation between the home country tax rate of a parent and the net of tax profitability of its German affiliate that is consistent with profit shifting behavior. For profitable affiliates that are directly owned by a foreign investor the evidence suggests that a 10 percentage point increase in the parent's home country tax rate leads to roughly half a percentage point increase in the profitability of the German affiliate. On the outbound side of German FDI, the data provides some evidence that tax rate changes in the host country lead to a stronger change in after-tax profitability for affiliates that are wholly owned, which may reflect the larger flexibility of these firms in carrying out tax minimizing behavior without interference of minority owners.

Keywords: foreign direct investment, profit shifting, tax avoidance, multinational enterprise

JEL Classification: H25, F23

Suggested Citation

Weichenrieder, Alfons J., Profit Shifting in the EU: Evidence from Germany (July 2007). CESifo Working Paper No. 2043. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=998420

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