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The 2008 Financial Crisis and Taxation Policy

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  • Thomas Hemmelgarn
  • Gaëtan J.A. Nicodème

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The 2008 financial crisis is the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression of 1929. It has been characterised by a housing bubble in a context of rapid credit expansion, high risk-taking and exacerbated financial leverage, leading to deleveraging and credit crunch when the bubble burst. This paper discusses the interactions between tax policy and the financial crisis. In particular, it reviews the existing evidence on the links between taxes and many characteristics of the crisis. Finally, it examines some possible future tax options to prevent such crises.

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Paper provided by CESifo Group Munich in its series CESifo Working Paper Series with number 2932.

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Handle: RePEc:ces:ceswps:_2932

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Keywords: financial crisis; tax policy; taxation; fiscal stimulus; financial transaction tax; property tax;

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  8. Ruud A. de Mooij & Michael Keen & Masanori Orihara, 2013. "Taxation, Bank Leverage, and Financial Crises," IMF Working Papers 13/48, International Monetary Fund.

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