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Tobin Tax Effects Seen from the Foreign Exchange Market's Microstructure

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  • Mende, Alexander
  • Menkhoff, Lukas

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There are strong calls for the introduction of a "Tobin tax" on foreign exchange (FX) transactions. Despite its popularity, research has not yet made full use of available insights from the recent microstructure literature. The role of banks in FX trading is quite different from the assumptions of proponents. Asset managers are most probably the group with the heaviest influence on shorter-term exchange rate movements. They speculate under comparatively longer horizons than FX dealers, although their behaviour also tends to be short-termist. We argue that there is no tax rate that could both influence their behaviour and simultaneously maintain the desired high level of liquidity. We conclude that no uniform proportional Tobin tax can achieve its objectives. Copyright 2003 by Blackwell Publishers Ltd.

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  • Mende, Alexander & Menkhoff, Lukas, 2003. "Tobin Tax Effects Seen from the Foreign Exchange Market's Microstructure," International Finance, Wiley Blackwell, vol. 6(2), pages 227-247, Summer.
  • Handle: RePEc:bla:intfin:v:6:y:2003:i:2:p:227-47
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    1. Olivier Damette & Stéphane Goutte, 2015. "Tobin tax and trading volume tightening: a reassessment," Applied Economics, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 47(29), pages 3124-3141, June.
    2. Damette, Olivier, 2016. "Mixture Distribution Hypothesis And The Impact Of A Tobin Tax On Exchange Rate Volatility: A Reassessment," Macroeconomic Dynamics, Cambridge University Press, vol. 20(06), pages 1600-1622, September.
    3. Olivier Damette, 2009. "Exchange rate volatility and noise traders: Currency Transaction Tax as an eviction device," Economics Bulletin, AccessEcon, vol. 29(3), pages 2449-2464.
    4. Thornton Matheson, 2011. "Taxing Financial Transactions; Issues and Evidence," IMF Working Papers 11/54, International Monetary Fund.
    5. G. Ehrenstein & F. Westerhoff & D. Stauffer, 2005. "Tobin tax and market depth," Quantitative Finance, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 5(2), pages 213-218.
    6. Ginestra Bianconi & Tobias Galla & Matteo Marsili, 2006. "Effects of Tobin Taxes in Minority Game markets," Papers cond-mat/0603134, arXiv.org.
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    8. Olivier Damette & Beum-Jo Park, 2015. "Tobin Tax and Volatility: A Threshold Quantile Autoregressive Regression Framework," Review of International Economics, Wiley Blackwell, vol. 23(5), pages 996-1022, November.

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