Evaluating Tax Policy for Location Decisions
Michael Devereux () and
Rachel Griffith ()
No 3247, CEPR Discussion Papers from C.E.P.R. Discussion Papers
We consider the impact of taxation when investors face a discrete choice between two or more mutually exclusive projects; in particular we consider the location choice of multinationals. Such choices depend on an effective average tax rate. We propose a precise measure of this rate, which is shown to be equal to a weighted average of an effective marginal tax rate and an adjusted statutory tax rate, where the weights depend on the profitability of the investment. Estimates of the distribution of this measure are presented and compared for domestic and international investment in the USA, France, Germany, and the UK. We analyse the impact of harmonising corporate tax rates in Europe on incentives to locate in France, Germany and the UK.
Keywords: Tax policy; investment; Location choice; Tax coordination (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: H25 H32 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
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