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Effects of Securities Transaction Taxes on Depth and Bid-Ask Spread

  • Dupont, Dominique Y.

    (University of Twente, School of Management and Technology, Department of Finance and Accounting)

  • Lee, Gabriel S.

    (Department of Economics and Finance, Institute for Advanced Studies, Vienna)

This paper investigates the effects of transaction taxes on depth and bid-ask spread under asymmetric information. The paper uses a static model where a monopolistic market maker faces liquidity and informed traders. Introducing transaction taxes could, surprisingly, lead to increase in depth. Under some distributional assumptions, when market conditions are favorable to the dealer, the spread responds less than proportionally to an increase in the transaction tax while the depth actually increases. In contrast, when market conditions are unfavorable to the dealer, the spread widens more than proportionally and the depth decreases, potentially to zero, in response to an increase in the transaction tax. Our model sheds light on the disagreement in the empirical literature on the relative magnitude of transaction costs on trading volume.

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Paper provided by Institute for Advanced Studies in its series Economics Series with number 132.

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Length: 17 pages
Date of creation: May 2003
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Handle: RePEc:ihs:ihsesp:132
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  1. Barclay, Michael J. & Kandel, Eugene & Marx, Leslie M., 1998. "The Effects of Transaction Costs on Stock Prices and Trading Volume," Journal of Financial Intermediation, Elsevier, vol. 7(2), pages 130-150, April.
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