Date of Award
Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
This dissertation examines the effect of partisan politics on corporate tax policy in the developed world. In particular, I examine why and how left-wing governments give firms an effective tax rate that is lower than the national tax rate. My central argument is that left-wing governments keep corporate taxes high in order to please their voters and avoid high constituency costs, but compensate firms by providing non-transparent policy instruments such as tax incentives or lax regulation having low constituency costs to promote economic growth. These opaque policy instruments allow firms to effectively evade the higher corporate tax rates. My findings provide support for my argument and indicate that left-wing governments adopt higher corporate tax rates than right-wing governments, but offer generous tax incentives and lax regulations to firms in return.
Chair and Committee
Nathan Jensen, Guillermo Rosas
Justin Fox, William Lowry, Andrew Martin, Andrew Sobel
Shin, Mi Jeong, "Partisan Politics and Corporate Tax Policy Transparency" (2016). Arts & Sciences Electronic Theses and Dissertations. 895.