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What drives emerging economy firm acquisitions in tax havens?

Murali Chari and Senay Acikgoz ()

Journal of Business Research, 2016, vol. 69, issue 2, 664-671

Abstract: We note that a non-trivial fraction of international acquisitions by emerging economy firms are in tax havens. We argue that such acquisitions are driven by different motivations than the four (market seeking, resource seeking, low cost seeking, and knowledge or strategic asset seeking) identified in the international business literature. Specifically, we argue that such acquisitions are driven by institutional weakness in the home country and lower taxes in the host country. Empirical tests using data on cross border acquisitions by firms from ten emerging economies with the most numbers of cross border acquisitions lend support to our arguments.

Keywords: Emerging economy firms; Cross-border acquisitions; Tax havens; Internationalization motivations; Institutional weakness (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2016
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