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New evidence on taxes and portfolio choice

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  • Alan, Sule
  • Atalay, Kadir
  • Crossley, Thomas F.
  • Jeon, Sung-Hee

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Identifying the effect of differential taxation on portfolio allocation requires exogenous variation in marginal tax rates. Marginal tax rates vary with income, but income surely affects portfolio choice directly. In systems of individual taxation - like Canada's - couples with the same household income can face different effective tax rates on capital income when labor income is distributed differently within households. Using this source of variation we find portfolio responses to taxation among more affluent households. The estimated effects are statistically significant but economically modest. In a "placebo" test, using data from the U.S. (which has joint taxation), we find no effect of the intra-household distribution of labor income on portfolios.

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Article provided by Elsevier in its journal Journal of Public Economics.

Volume (Year): 94 (2010)
Issue (Month): 11-12 (December)
Pages: 813-823

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  5. Jeffrey Thompson, 2012. "Raising Revenue from High-Income Households: Should States Continue to Place the Lowest Tax Rates on Those with the Highest Incomes?," Published Studies revenue_peri_march5, Political Economy Research Institute, University of Massachusetts at Amherst.
  6. Erik Floor & Arjan Lejour, 2014. "Saving behavior and risk taking: Evidence from the Dutch Tax Reform in 2001," CPB Discussion Paper 273, CPB Netherlands Bureau for Economic Policy Analysis.
  7. Nicolas Sauter & Jan Walliser & Joachim Winter, 2010. "Tax Incentives, Bequest Motives, and the Demand for Life Insurance: Evidence from two Natural Experiments in Germany," CESifo Working Paper Series 3040, CESifo Group Munich.

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