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Securities Transaction Taxes for U.S. Financial Markets

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  • Marc Schaberg
  • Dean Baker
  • Robert Pollin

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This paper examines the viability of security transaction excise taxes (STETs) as one policy tool for promoting a more stable financial environment, specifically with respect to the U.S. economy. Contrary to a large recent critical literature, we show that a STET can be designed without creating large distortions between segments of the financial market. We also show that a modest STET for the U.S.—beginning with a 0.5 percent tax on equity trades and scaled appropriately for other financial instruments—would generate substantial new government revenues, on the order of $100 billion per year.

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  1. Zsolt Darvas & Jakob von Weizs„cker, 2010. "Financial Transaction Tax: Small is Beautiful," IEHAS Discussion Papers 1019, Institute of Economics, Centre for Economic and Regional Studies, Hungarian Academy of Sciences.
  2. Gagnon, Louis & Andrew Karolyi, G., 2010. "Multi-market trading and arbitrage," Journal of Financial Economics, Elsevier, vol. 97(1), pages 53-80, July.
  3. Robert Pollin, 2011. "U.S. Government Deficits and Debt Amid the Great Recession: What the Evidence Shows," Working Papers wp263, Political Economy Research Institute, University of Massachusetts at Amherst.
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  7. Anna M.Variato, 2003. "The Keynesian Root of the Tobin tax," Working Papers 0305, University of Bergamo, Department of Economics.
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  11. Dean Baker, 2006. "The Conservative Nanny State," CEPR Books, Center for Economic and Policy Research (CEPR), number 2006-01.
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