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Fiscal Incentives for Investment and Innovation

Anwa Shah
Price: $ 80

Evaluates the fiscal incentives commonly used by developing countries to promote domestic and foreign direct investment. A wide variety of investment incentives are used by countries to promote industrial and technological development. Although properly designed and executed incentives play an important role in stimulating investment, some features of developing country institutions significantly limit the realization of this potential.
This study evaluates the fiscal incentives commonly used by developing countries to promote domestic and foreign direct investment. It also provides guidelines on how to create more effective incentive regimes.
On the basis of empirical evidence presented in the study, the author concludes that although tax incentives are important, reducing disincentives such as poor infrastructure and weak institutions matter more in fostering investment. The author points out that specific incentives such as investment allowances and tax credits are more cost-effective methods of encouraging investment than are general incentives such as tax rate reductions.
Published for the World Bank by Oxford University Press.

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