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The societal benefit of a financial transaction tax

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  • Berentsen, Aleksander
  • Huber, Samuel
  • Marchesiani, Alessandro

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We provide a novel justification for a financial transaction tax for economies where agents face stochastic consumption opportunities. A financial transaction tax makes it more costly for agents to readjust their portfolios of liquid and illiquid assets in response to liquidity shocks, which increase both the demand for and the price of liquid assets. The higher price improves liquidity insurance and welfare for other market participants. We calibrate the model to U.S. data and find that the optimal financial transaction tax is 1.6% and that it reduces the volume of financial trading by 17%.

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  • Berentsen, Aleksander & Huber, Samuel & Marchesiani, Alessandro, 2016. "The societal benefit of a financial transaction tax," European Economic Review, Elsevier, vol. 89(C), pages 303-323.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:eecrev:v:89:y:2016:i:c:p:303-323
    DOI: 10.1016/j.euroecorev.2016.08.003
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    Financial transaction tax; Tobin tax; Pecuniary externality; Financial intermediation;
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    • E44 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Money and Interest Rates - - - Financial Markets and the Macroeconomy
    • E50 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Monetary Policy, Central Banking, and the Supply of Money and Credit - - - General
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