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International Regulatory Reform and Financial Taxes


  • Kern Alexander


This article examines the effectiveness and feasibility of some of the main proposals for financial taxes by analysing their economic rationale and impact and some related international trade law issues regarding their implementation. The advantages and disadvantages are considered in terms of their effect on risk mitigation, market liquidity and the provision of sustainable revenue. The article suggests that financial transaction taxes, especially those applied to currency transactions and exchange-traded and over-the-counter derivatives, could serve regulatory objectives while raising adequate revenue to assist governments in paying for the social costs of financial crises and providing global public goods. Oxford University Press 2010, all rights reserved, Oxford University Press.

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  • Kern Alexander, 2010. "International Regulatory Reform and Financial Taxes," Journal of International Economic Law, Oxford University Press, vol. 13(3), pages 893-910, September.
  • Handle: RePEc:oup:jieclw:v:13:y:2010:i:3:p:893-910

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    1. John Brondolo, 2011. "Taxing Financial Transactions; An Assessment of Administrative Feasibility," IMF Working Papers 11/185, International Monetary Fund.

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