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Introduction

James R. Hines

in International Taxation and Multinational Activity

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print March 2001 | ISBN: 9780226341736
Published online February 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226341750 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7208/chicago/9780226341750.003.0001
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The ability of modern multinational corporations to adjust the scale, character, and location of their worldwide operations creates serious challenges for governments that seek to collect tax revenue from the profits generated by these operations. One of the most important issues that policy makers confront in setting tax policies is to evaluate the extent to which taxation influences the activities of multinational firms. International taxation clearly has the potential to affect the volume of foreign direct investment (FDI), since higher tax rates depress after-tax returns, thereby reducing incentives to commit investment funds. This book analyzes empirical evidence concerning FDI and the behavior of multinational firms. It addresses issues that fall into three broad categories: the way in which taxation affects FDI, the effect of tax policies in encouraging international tax avoidance, and the relationship between tax incentives and international spillovers of technology. It also examines stock market reactions to international tax deferral that is reported in the tax footnotes of company annual reports.

Keywords: international taxation; multinational corporations; foreign direct investment; technology; annual reports; stock market; tax deferral; tax avoidance; tax policies; tax incentives

Chapter.  3340 words. 

Subjects: International Economics

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