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Do investors respond to tax reform? Evidence from a natural experiment in Germany

  • Sauter, Nicolas
  • Winter, Joachim

We present new evidence for the importance of taxation in households’ investment decisions. A difference-in-difference analysis shows that a tax reform in Germany which revoked the tax exemption of life insurance returns triggered a significant increase in demand prior to the reform.

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Paper provided by University of Munich, Department of Economics in its series Munich Reprints in Economics with number 19739.

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Date of creation: 2010
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Publication status: Published in Economics Letters 2 108(2010): pp. 193-196
Handle: RePEc:lmu:muenar:19739
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  1. James M. Poterba & Andrew Samwick, 1999. "Taxation and Household Portfolio Composition: U.S. Evidence from the 1980s and 1990s," NBER Working Papers 7392, National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.
  2. Jappelli, Tullio & Pistaferri, Luigi, 2001. "Tax Incentives and the Demand for Life Insurance: Evidence from Italy," CEPR Discussion Papers 2787, C.E.P.R. Discussion Papers.
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