Technical Note | HBS Case Collection | November 2013 (Revised March 2014)

Tax Havens

by Eric Werker, Sebastian Berardi, Stelios Elia, Omar Muakkassa and James Zumberge


Multinational corporations and wealthy individuals often use so-called tax havens to establish subsidiaries or holding companies in order to rebalance profits across borders with the primary purpose of lowering their effective tax rate. This note describes the use of tax havens, the implications for the financial sector in tax havens, as well as the debate around the effect of tax havens on welfare in other jurisdictions.

Keywords: tax havens; Saving; Taxation;


Werker, Eric, Sebastian Berardi, Stelios Elia, Omar Muakkassa, and James Zumberge. "Tax Havens." Harvard Business School Technical Note 714-019, November 2013. (Revised March 2014.)