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Tax-Induced Trading and the Identity of the Marginal Investor: Evidence from Sweden

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  • Daunfeldt, Sven-Olov

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    (The Swedish Retail Institute (HUI))

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Changes in the Swedish tax code during the 1990s were structured in a way that offers an opportunity to test whether ex-dividend prices were determined by the taxation of domestic individual investors. The results presented in this paper indicate that ex-dividend prices were not influenced by the relatively large tax changes for domestic individual investors. In addition, there was no evidence that the taxation of domestic individual investors influenced ex-dividend prices for any specific dividend yield group.

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Paper provided by HUI Research in its series HUI Working Papers with number 3.

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Length: 27 pages
Date of creation: 05 Dec 2005
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Publication status: Published as Daunfeldt, Sven-Olov, 'Tax-Induced Trading and the Identity of the Marginal Investor: Evidence from Sweden' in Applied Economics Letters, 2009, pages 679-681.
Handle: RePEc:hhs:huiwps:0003

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