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Expropriations, Property Confiscations and New Offshore Entities: Evidence from the Panama Papers

Ralph-C Bayer (), Roland Hodler, Paul Raschky () and Anthony Strittmatter ()

No 2018-15, School of Economics Working Papers from University of Adelaide, School of Economics

Abstract: Using the Panama Papers, we show that the beginning of media reporting on expropriations and property confiscations in a country increases the probability that offshore entities are incorporated by agents from the same country in the same month. This result is robust to the use of country-year fixed effects and the exclusion of tax havens. Further analysis shows that the effect is driven by countries with non-corrupt and effective governments, which supports the notion that offshore entities are incorporated when reasonably well-intended and well-functioning governments become more serious about fighting organized crime by confiscating proceeds of crime.

Keywords: Expropriations and confiscations; offshore entities; tax havens; Panama Papers (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: H26 K42 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
New Economics Papers: this item is included in nep-law and nep-pbe
Date: 2018-09
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