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Sustainability Of The Financial Transaction Tax: Decision And Uncertainty

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  • Bogdan Ion Boldea
  • Emilian Lucian Neacsu

    (West University of Timisoara Faculty of Economics and Business Administration)

Abstract

Opinion leaders and other policymakers want profound changes in rights (such as Medicare and Social Security) and a tax on financial transactions - which would simultaneously raise money and would discourage another crisis - should be part of the discussion. We explore whether a Financial Transactions Tax (TTF) is likely to correct the market failures that have contributed to the financial crisis, to what extent FTT succeeds in raising revenues, and how the FTT compares to alternative taxes in terms of efficiency. Taxing of transactions is not well targeted at behaviour that leads to excessive risk and systemic risk creation. The empirical evidence does not suggest that the introduction of an FTT reduces volatility or asset price bubbles. When compared to alternative forms of taxation of the financial sector, the FTT is likely less efficient given the amount of revenues. In particular, taxes that more directly address existing distortions, such as the current VAT exemption for banks, and the bias towards debt financing, provide more efficient alternatives.

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  • Bogdan Ion Boldea & Emilian Lucian Neacsu, 2012. "Sustainability Of The Financial Transaction Tax: Decision And Uncertainty," Annals of University of Craiova - Economic Sciences Series, University of Craiova, Faculty of Economics and Business Administration, vol. 3(40), pages 187-194.
  • Handle: RePEc:aio:aucsse:v:3:y:2012:i:40:p:187-194
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    1. Summers, L.H. & Summers, V.P., 1989. "When Financial Markets Work Too Well : A Cautious Case For A Securities Transactions Tax," Papers t12, Columbia - Center for Futures Markets.
    2. Stiglitz, J.E., 1989. "Using Tax Policy To Curb Speculative Short-Term Trading," Papers t2, Columbia - Center for Futures Markets.
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    Keywords

    Derivates; Volatility; Financial Assets; Tranzaction costs; Speculative bubbles; Elasticity;

    JEL classification:

    • E63 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Macroeconomic Policy, Macroeconomic Aspects of Public Finance, and General Outlook - - - Comparative or Joint Analysis of Fiscal and Monetary Policy; Stabilization; Treasury Policy
    • G14 - Financial Economics - - General Financial Markets - - - Information and Market Efficiency; Event Studies; Insider Trading
    • G32 - Financial Economics - - Corporate Finance and Governance - - - Financing Policy; Financial Risk and Risk Management; Capital and Ownership Structure; Value of Firms; Goodwill
    • G38 - Financial Economics - - Corporate Finance and Governance - - - Government Policy and Regulation

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