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Stamp Duty on Shares and Its Effect on Share Prices

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  • Steve Bond
  • Mike Hawkins
  • Alexander Klemm

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This paper provides an empirical study of the effect of a transaction tax on share prices, using changes in the rate of stamp duty in the UK as quasi-experiments. Because the impact of a stamp duty is expected to depend on how frequently particular shares are traded, we employ a difference-of-differences methodology. We find that announcements of reductions in stamp duty had a significant and positive effect on the price of more frequently traded shares compared to less frequently traded shares. As expected under the efficient-markets hypothesis, the subsequent implementation of previously announced cuts did not affect returns differentially.

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  • Steve Bond & Mike Hawkins & Alexander Klemm, 2005. "Stamp Duty on Shares and Its Effect on Share Prices," FinanzArchiv: Public Finance Analysis, Mohr Siebeck, Tübingen, vol. 61(3), pages 275-275, November.
  • Handle: RePEc:mhr:finarc:urn:sici:0015-2218(200511)61:3_275:sdosai_2.0.tx_2-v
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    Keywords

    stamp duty; transaction tax; quasi-experiment; tax reform;

    JEL classification:

    • G14 - Financial Economics - - General Financial Markets - - - Information and Market Efficiency; Event Studies; Insider Trading
    • H29 - Public Economics - - Taxation, Subsidies, and Revenue - - - Other
    • E62 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Macroeconomic Policy, Macroeconomic Aspects of Public Finance, and General Outlook - - - Fiscal Policy

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