The question of whether a country’s corporate tax regime has a significant influence on the level of foreign direct investment into that country is an important consideration in the design of national tax policy. This is especially true today in view of the recent increase in the global mobility of capital and subsequent increase in the importance of FDI to nations’ economies. However, research to date on this question has so far yielded inconclusive results.
By obtaining evaluations from taxation experts of the various attributes of the tax systems of selected countries, this study constructs indices of corporate tax attractiveness for those countries. It then analyses the relationship between those indices and data concerning the flow of foreign direct investment into those countries.
No statistically significant relations hip was found to exist between the indices and the various measures of capital inflows. However, a significant relationship was found between one of the attributes, the availability and extent of tax incentives, and the measures of FDI, suggesting avenues for further research.