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Title: Corporate environments and international transfer pricing: An empirical study of China in a developing economy framework
Author(s): Chan, Koon Hung 
Author(s): Chow, L.
Issue Date: 2001
Publisher: Routledge
Journal: Accounting and Business Research 
Volume: 31
Issue: 2
Start page: 103
End page: 118
This paper investigates the international transfer pricing methods adopted by multinational corporations (MNCs) in China and how their choices are affected by their specific corporate attributes in the context of the business environment in China. Empirical test results based on structured interviews indicate that MNCs having a local (Chinese) partner in management tend to adopt market-based transfer pricing methods. The influence of local partners on the choice of transfer pricing methods is modified by the impact of the source of foreign investment, as the analysis reveals that US-sourced MNCs are more likely to use cost-based pricing methods for international transfers. The influences of these two variables on the choice of transfer pricing methods are significant both directly and interactively. There is also some evidence that export-oriented enterprises are more likely to adopt cost-based transfer pricing than those aiming at China's domestic market. By providing empirical evidence on the impact of key corporate attributes on transfer pricing which have not been studied by prior research in the context of a developing economy, this research contributes to a more comprehensive understanding of transfer pricing in developing countries.
DOI: 10.1080/00014788.2001.9729605
CIHE Affiliated Publication: No
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