Journal Article

Taxes and the location of production: evidence from a panel of US multinationals

Date: 01 June 1998
Publisher: Journal of Public Economics
Published in: Journal of Public Economics , Vol. 68, No. 3, pp. 335-367
JEL classification: D2, F2, H3

This paper considers the factors that influence the locational decisions of multinational firms. A model in which firms produce differentiated products in imperfectly competitive markets is developed, in the spirit of . Firms choose between a number of foreign locations; the outside options of exporting to or not serving the foreign market are explicitly modelled. Particular attention is paid to the impact of profit taxes; the separate roles of effective average and marginal tax rates are identified. The model is applied to a panel of US firms locating in the European market. Agglomeration effects are found to be important. The effective average tax rate plays a role in the choice between locations, but not in the choice of whether to locate production in Europe compared with one of the outside options.

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