Effective Tax Rates as a Determinant of Foreign Direct Investment in Central and East European Countries: A Panel Analysis

Christian Bellak, Markus Leibrecht

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The Central- and East European Countries have lowered their corporate tax rates substantially in order to induce shifts of production capacity to their countries. This paper analyses empirically how inward Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) flows channeled to these countries reacts to these tax policies. We estimate a panel of 35 bilateral country-relationships over a period of 1995-2002. Results suggest a semielasticity of -2.93 which is in line with results derived in studies mainly on OECD countries. This indicates that from an individual country perspective, tax-lowering strategies have been successful in the past, yet they may not be a successful policy option for the future when privatization-related FDI will decrease.
HerausgeberWU Wien
PublikationsstatusVeröffentlicht - 1 Okt. 2005


ReiheDiscussion Papers SFB International Tax Coordination

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  • Discussion Papers SFB International Tax Coordination