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The Equity Trap, the Cost of Capital and the Firm’s Growth Path

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  • Tobias Lindhe
  • Jan Södersten

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This paper reconsiders Sinn’s (1991) nucleus theory of the corporation by comparing two different regimes for the equity trap. In the first of these, all cash paid to the shareholders is taxed as dividends, in the second, shareholders are allowed a tax-free return of capital contributed through new issues. A substantial difference is found between the regimes in the size of initial equity injections, although in both regimes, no dividends are paid until a new long-run equilibrium is reached. Contrary to Sinn, we find that with optimal behavior, the cost of new equity is lower than suggested by conventional formulae.

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Paper provided by CESifo Group Munich in its series CESifo Working Paper Series with number 1801.

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Date of creation: 2006
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Handle: RePEc:ces:ceswps:_1801

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Keywords: dividend taxation; equity trap; cost of capital; nucleus theory; growth path;

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  1. Södersten, Jan & Lindhe, Tobias, 2009. "Dividend taxation, share repurchases and the equity trap," Working Paper Series, Center for Fiscal Studies 2009:5, Uppsala University, Department of Economics.
  2. Ågren, Martin, 2006. "Prospect Theory and Higher Moments," Working Paper Series 2006:24, Uppsala University, Department of Economics.

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