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Is corporate tax avoidance associated with investment efficiency?

Mohammed Asiri, Ahmed Al-Hadi, Grantley Taylor and Lien Duong

The North American Journal of Economics and Finance, 2020, vol. 52, issue C

Abstract: The purpose of this study is to examine the association between investment efficiency and corporate tax avoidance. Using a large sample of U.S. firms over the period 1993–2016, we show that there is a positive association between corporate tax avoidance activities and investment inefficiency. Moreover, we find that the association is mediated by financial statement readability, financial statement comparability and product market competition. Our results are robust to alternative measures of both tax avoidance and investment inefficiency. Propensity score matching (PSM), difference-in-difference (DID), and two-stage least squares (2SLS) regression analyses confirm our results and mitigate any potential endogeneity issues that might result from the effect of omitted variables, reverse causality or model misspecification.

Keywords: Investment efficiency; Cash tax saving; Tax avoidance; Financial statement obscurity; Product market competition; Financial statement comparability (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: M2 M40 M41 H26 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2020
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DOI: 10.1016/j.najef.2020.101143

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