DP2543 Why Pay More? Corporate Tax Avoidance Through Transfer Pricing in OECD Countries

Author(s): Eric J Bartelsman, Roel Beetsma
Publication Date: August 2000
Keyword(s): Corporate Tax Rates, Profit Shifting, STAN Database, Transfer Pricing
JEL(s): F20, H20
Programme Areas: International Macroeconomics, Public Economics
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This paper presents evidence of profit shifting in response to differences in corporate tax rates for a large selection of OECD countries. In our estimates we control for the effects of tax rate changes on real activity. Our baseline estimates suggest that, on average, a unilateral increase in the corporate tax rate does not lead to an increase in corporate tax revenues owing to a more than offsetting decline in reported profits.