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October 12, 2020

Offshore Tax Evasion and Wealth Inequality: Evidence from a Tax Amnesty in the Netherlands

Publication

As long as there have been taxes, people have tried to avoid and evade them. Interest in these phenomena has been fueled by the effects on public revenues, as well as on the distribution of wealth and income. One prominent example of tax evasion is the hiding of wealth and income in tax havens. According to estimates by Zucman (2013), 8% of global financial wealth, or $5.9 trillion, is held in tax havens. During the global financial crisis of the late 2000s, the G20 countries vowed to tackle offshore tax evasion and proclaimed the end of the “era of banking secrecy”. In recent years, leaks containing confidential information from financial institutions as well as academic research investigating leaks and tax amnesties have confirmed the popular narrative that tax evasion is concentrated among the wealthiest in society (Alstadsæter, Johannesen and Zucman, 2018, 2019). This does not only affect public revenues, but also the measurement of wealth and income inequality.

April 25, 2017

Tax arbitrage incentives for mortgage prepayment behavior: Evidence from Dutch micro data

Publication

This paper exploits a unique set of Dutch micro data to analyze the response in prepayment behavior to changes in incentives for prepaying.

April 5, 2017

Optimal Tax Routing: Network Analysis of FDI diversion

Publication

The international corporate tax system is considered as a network and, just like for transportation, ‘shortest’ paths are computed, minimizing tax payments for multinational enterprises when repatriating profits. We include corporate income tax rates, withholding taxes on dividends, double tax treaties and the double taxation relief methods.

January 19, 2016

Vermogensongelijkheid in Nederland, 2006-2013

Publication (in Dutch only)

In dit CPB Achtergronddocument analyseren we in detail de ontwikkeling van de vermogensongelijkheid over de periode 2006-2013.

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January 16, 2015

The Regional Impact of Bilateral Investment Treaties on Foreign Direct Investment

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We examine the impact of bilateral investment treaties (BITs) on bilateral FDI stocks using extensive data from 1985 until 2011.

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April 23, 2014

Saving behavior and risk taking: Evidence from the Dutch Tax Reform in 2001

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We estimate the impact of the marginal tax rate on the ownership in risk-bearing assets and on the share in total assets.

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