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The Tobin Tax A Review of the Evidence

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  • Neil McCulloch

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    (Institute of Development Studies (IDS), University of Sussex)

  • Grazia Pacillo

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    (Department of Economics, University of Sussex)

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    The debate about the Tobin Tax, and other financial transaction taxes (FTT), gives rise to strong views both for and against. Unfortunately, little of this debate is based on the now considerable body of evidence about the impact of such taxes. This review attempts to synthesise what we know from the available theoretical and empirical literature about the impact of FTTs on volatility in financial markets. We also review the literature on how a Tobin Tax might be implemented, the amount of revenue that it might realistically produce, and the likely incidence of the tax. We conclude that, contrary to what is often assumed, a Tobin Tax is feasible and, if appropriately designed, could make a significant contribution to revenue without causing major distortions. However, it would be unlikely to reduce market volatility and could even increase it.

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    Paper provided by Department of Economics, University of Sussex in its series Working Paper Series with number 1611.

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    Date of creation: Jan 2011
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    Keywords: Tobin tax; financial transaction taxes; volatility; revenue; incidence; feasibility;

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    1. Jürgen Huber & Michael Kirchler & Daniel Kleinlercher & Matthias Sutter, 2014. "Market vs. residence principle : experimental evidence on the effects of a financial transaction tax," Economics Working Papers ECO2014/03, European University Institute.
    2. Hara, Chiaki, 2012. "Asset prices, trading volumes, and investor welfare in markets with transaction costs," CIS Discussion paper series 556, Center for Intergenerational Studies, Institute of Economic Research, Hitotsubashi University.
    3. Olivier Damette & Stéphane Goutte, 2014. "Tobin tax and trading volume tightening: a reassessment," Working Papers halshs-00926805, HAL.
    4. Olivier Damette, 2013. "Mixture distribution hypothesis and the impact of a Tobin tax on exhange rate volatility : a reassessment," Working Papers of BETA 2013-07, Bureau d'Economie Théorique et Appliquée, UDS, Strasbourg.
    5. Rieger, Jörg, 2014. "Financial Transaction Tax and Financial Market Stability with Diverse Beliefs," Working Papers 0563, University of Heidelberg, Department of Economics.
    6. Robert Pollin & James Heintz, 2011. "Transaction Costs, Trading Elasticities and the Revenue Potential of Financial Transaction Taxes for the United States," Research Briefs peri_ftt_research_brief, Political Economy Research Institute, University of Massachusetts at Amherst.
    7. Chiaki Hara, 2013. "Asset Prices, Trading Volumes, and Investor Welfare in Markets with Transaction Costs," KIER Working Papers 862, Kyoto University, Institute of Economic Research.
    8. Huber, Jürgen & Kleinlercher, Daniel & Kirchler, Michael, 2012. "The impact of a financial transaction tax on stylized facts of price returns—Evidence from the lab," Journal of Economic Dynamics and Control, Elsevier, vol. 36(8), pages 1248-1266.

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