Host Country Corporate Income Tax Rate and Foreign Subsidiary Survival  

Bassam Farah, Rida Elias, Dwarka Chakravarty, Paul W. Beamish

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Host country tax considerations are critical to multinational enterprise (MNE) foreign direct investment decisions, but understudied in international business (IB) research. We address this gap by examining the relationship
between host country corporate income tax rates (HCCITRs) and foreign subsidiary survival. We develop our hypothesis drawing upon location/country-specific advantage theory and international tax literature. Our longitudinal
sample (1990–2013) comprises 13,468 MNE subsidiaries in 78 countries. Results indicate a one standard deviation (7.7 %) decrease in HCCITR increases subsidiary survival probability (at any given time) by 33 %. This effect is stronger compared to several well studied explanatory variables in IB survival analysis.
Original languageEnglish
JournalJournal of World Business
Issue number2
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 23 Dec 2020


  • Multinational enterprise
  • Corporate tax
  • Country specific advantage
  • Subsidiary
  • Survival

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