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Home Bias in Portfolios and Taxation of Asset Income

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  • Gordon Roger Hall

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    (University of California, San Diego)

  • Gaspar Vitor

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    (European Central Bank)

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Intuitively, the observed "home bias" in individual portfolios plausibly explains the international capital immobility reported by Feldstein and Horioka (1980) as well as the survival of taxes on capital income. These intuitions are examined in a model where consumers prefer to consume domestically produced goods. The results show that international capital immobility is indeed present in the model: extra domestic savings generate extra investment primarily in the home country. When monetary policy focuses on exchange rate stabilization random domestic prices cause individuals to heavily invest in domestic equity as a hedge against price fluctuations. However our findings show that the specialization of equity portfolios does not necessarily facilitate the taxation of capital income. While random equity returns do facilitate taxes on equity income, as shown in Gordon and Varian (1989) and Huizinga and Nielsen (1997), random consumer prices appear to undermine taxes on capital income.

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Article provided by De Gruyter in its journal The B.E. Journal of Economic Analysis & Policy.

Volume (Year): 1 (2001)
Issue (Month): 1 (September)
Pages: 1-30

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Cited by:
  1. Roger H. Gordon & Wei Li, 1999. "Government as a Discriminating Monopolist in the Financial Market: The Case of China," NBER Working Papers 7110, National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.
  2. Detken, Carsten & Gaspar, Vítor & Winkler, Bernhard, 2004. "On prosperity and posterity: the need for fiscal discipline in a monetary union," Working Paper Series 0420, European Central Bank.
  3. Apergis, Nicholas & Tsoumas, Chris, 2009. "A survey of the Feldstein-Horioka puzzle: What has been done and where we stand," Research in Economics, Elsevier, vol. 63(2), pages 64-76, June.

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