Taxation and Corporate Innovation

Project Description:

This project investigates the impact of taxation on corporate innovation in the context of the knowledge economy. The focus is placed on the influence of tax considerations on firms’ decisions about where to locate R&D activity. The analysis will investigate in detail whether the taxation of assets and/or functions upon their cross-border transfer exerts an effect on the decision about where to engage in R&D activity. Moreover, the role of the taxation of highly skilled R&D staff will be assessed for the first time. A third module of the research project deals with the measurement of effective tax rates on the production and exploitation of intellectual property. The effects of fiscal incentive schemes on R&D activity and the induced effects on aggregate tax revenue will be the subject of another research module within the scope of the project.

The work-packages combine theoretical and micro-econometric approaches which take into account the characteristics of tax systems.

Duration: April 2012 - September 2013

Research Team:

  • Dr. Jost Henrich Heckemeyer, ZEW – Leibniz Centre for European Economic Research, Department of Corporate Taxation and Public Finance
  • Katharina Richter, ZEW – Leibniz Centre for European Economic Research, Department of Corporate Taxation and Public Finance
  • Prof. Dr. Christoph Spengel, University of Mannheim, Chair of Business Administration and Taxation II, and ZEW
  • Dr. Christina Elschner, University of Mannheim, Chair of Business Administration and Taxation II, and ZEW
  • Prof. Dr. Johannes Voget, University of Mannheim, Chair of Finance and Accounting
  • Elisabeth Köpping, University of Mannheim, Chair of Business Administration and Taxation II
  • Prof. Harry Huizinga, PhD, Tilburg University, Department of Economics
  • Helen Miller, Institute for Fiscal Studies, London

Selected Publications:

Evers, Lisa, Helen Miller and Christoph Spengel (forthcoming), Intellectual Property Box Regimes: Effective Tax Rates and Tax Policy Considerations, International Tax and Public Finance, DOI 10.1007/s10797-014-9328-x.

Lisa Evers, Helen Miller and Christoph Spengel (2015), Intellectual Property Box Regimes: Effective Tax Rates and Tax Policy Considerations, Referierte Fachzeitschrift Download