Taxing Multinational Firms


Economic activities of multinational firms are becoming more and more complex and diverse, and national governments find it increasingly difficult to tax profits of multinational firms appropriately. In public debate, the view is widespread that multinational firms engage in tax avoidance. Many national governments, including those of Germany and the UK, have announced measures against "aggressive" tax planning by multinational firms. The OECD is working on its BEPS (Base Erosion and Profit Shifting) project to reform the international allocation of taxable profit between countries.

This conference aims to foster discussion on these issues by bringing together various research approaches to the taxation of multinational firms. Papers addressing the following questions are particularly welcome:

  • How should governments tax multinational firms?
  • How should tax policy respond to income shifting?
  • How do corporate taxes impact investment and financing decisions of multinational firms?
  • What are the economic implications of existing regimes for taxing foreign source income? How should they be reformed?
  • Should acquisitions and greenfield investment be taxed differently?

Keynote Speaker

  • Harry Huizinga (Tilburg University, the Netherlands)


ZEW Mannheim, University of Mannheim and Oxford University Centre for Business Taxation

Scientfic Committee

  • Johannes Becker (University of Münster)
  • Michael Devereux (CBT Oxford)
  • Clemens Fuest (ZEW and University of Mannheim)
  • Friedrich Heinemann (ZEW)
  • Eckhard Janeba (University of Mannheim and ZEW)
  • Christoph Spengel (University of Mannheim and ZEW)


Programme (as PDF, 112 KB)

Call for Papers

Call for Papers (as PDF, 48 KB)

Paper Submission Procedure

You are invited to submit individual proposals for the conference. These should include an extended abstract or, preferably, the full paper. Submissions should be e-mailed as PDF file to


Submission Deadline: August 31, 2013
Notifications on Acceptance: September 25, 2013
Submission of Full Texts: October 31, 2013


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