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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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  • Sauter, Nicolas & Winter, Joachim, 2010. "Do investors respond to tax reform? Evidence from a natural experiment in Germany," Munich Reprints in Economics 19739, University of Munich, Department of Economics.
  • Handle: RePEc:lmu:muenar:19739

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    1. Jappelli, Tullio & Pistaferri, Luigi, 2003. "Tax incentives and the demand for life insurance: evidence from Italy," Journal of Public Economics, Elsevier, vol. 87(7-8), pages 1779-1799, August.
    2. Poterba, James M. & Samwick, Andrew A., 2003. "Taxation and household portfolio composition: US evidence from the 1980s and 1990s," Journal of Public Economics, Elsevier, vol. 87(1), pages 5-38, January.
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