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Tax incidence for fragile financial markets

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Standard tax incidence analysis deals with households and firms that buy and sell consumption goods, as opposed to financial institutions that buy and sell financial products. This paper develops a framework that allows us to study tax incidence on financial markets, and applies it to a financial transactions tax. A main result is that the tax may contribute to financial distress. Moreover, if the government has to bail out the debtors of failed financial institutions, the tax-induced increase in bailout costs may be larger than the increase in tax revenue, so that the government's overall fiscal position becomes worse.

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  • Bierbrauer, Felix, 2014. "Tax incidence for fragile financial markets," Journal of Public Economics, Elsevier, vol. 120(C), pages 107-125.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:pubeco:v:120:y:2014:i:c:p:107-125
    DOI: 10.1016/j.jpubeco.2014.09.002
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    Keywords

    Tax incidence; Financial markets; Financial transactions tax;

    JEL classification:

    • H22 - Public Economics - - Taxation, Subsidies, and Revenue - - - Incidence
    • G18 - Financial Economics - - General Financial Markets - - - Government Policy and Regulation
    • G21 - Financial Economics - - Financial Institutions and Services - - - Banks; Other Depository Institutions; Micro Finance Institutions; Mortgages
    • G28 - Financial Economics - - Financial Institutions and Services - - - Government Policy and Regulation

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