Do corporate taxes harm economic performance? Explaining distortions in R&D- and export-intensive UK firms

Bournakis, Ioannis and Mallick, Sushanta (2018) Do corporate taxes harm economic performance? Explaining distortions in R&D- and export-intensive UK firms. Macroeconomic Dynamics . pp. 1-23. ISSN 1365-1005 (Published online first) (doi:10.1017/S136510051800055X)

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Abstract

This paper analyzes the effects of corporate tax liability on firm-level total factor productivity (TFP) as the key driver of economic performance. This is a new dimension in the UK productivity puzzle that has not attracted attention so far. We use 6559 manufacturing firms over 2004–2011 to investigate whether higher levels of corporate tax affect the productivity catch-up process by reducing after-tax earnings that could alternatively be used for productivity-enhancing investment, particularly focusing on R&D- and export-intensive firms. Our key results are summarized as follows: first, higher levels of corporate taxation impact adversely on TFP and this finding is robust to different tax measures and insensitive to endogeneity bias; second, as R&D- and export-intensive firms tend to have relatively higher TFP growth, higher levels of tax liability as a share of earnings before interest and taxes decelerate TFP growth of these firms.

Item Type: Article
Research Areas: A. > Business School > Economics
Item ID: 25645
Notes on copyright: This article has been accepted for publication in a revised form in Macroeconomic Dynamics https://doi.org/10.1017/S136510051800055X. This version is free to view and download for private research and study only. Not for re-distribution, re-sale or use in derivative works. © 2018 Cambridge University Press. https://www.cambridge.org/core/journals/macroeconomic-dynamics
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Depositing User: Ioannis Bournakis
Date Deposited: 20 Nov 2018 10:43
Last Modified: 31 Jul 2019 05:14
URI: https://eprints.mdx.ac.uk/id/eprint/25645

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