Tax Structure and the FDI: The Deterrent Effects of Complexity and Uncertainty
27 Pages Posted: 5 Mar 2013
Date Written: April 2003
In this study we examine the connection between the varied experiences of the transition countries in attracting FDI and their diverse experiences in transforming their tax structures to be consistent with a market economy. In particular, we study whether complexity and uncertainty in their tax laws have deterred foreign direct investment by increasing transaction costs, the compliance burden and the unpredictability of tax liabilities. Our results indicate that complexity and uncertainty, in the sense of multiple tax rates, indeterminate language in the tax law, and inconsistent changes in the tax laws have a significant negative effect on inward foreign direct investment.
Keywords: Public Finance, Taxation, Transition, FDI, Uncertainty
JEL Classification: H25, F21, F23
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