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Inter Vivos Transfers of Ownership in Family Firms

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  • James R. Hines Jr.
  • Niklas Potrafke
  • Marina Riem
  • Christoph Schinke

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This paper examines the determinants of inter vivos (lifetime) transfers of ownership in German family firms between 2000 and 2013. Survey evidence indicates that owners of larger firms, and firms with strong current business conditions, transfer ownership at higher rates than others. When a firm’s self-described business condition improves from “normal” to “good” the likelihood of an inter vivos transfer increases by 46 percent. Inter vivos transfer rates also rose following a 2009 reform that reduced transfer taxes. These patterns suggest that transfer taxes significantly influence rates and timing of inter vivos ownership transfers.

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  • James R. Hines Jr. & Niklas Potrafke & Marina Riem & Christoph Schinke, 2016. "Inter Vivos Transfers of Ownership in Family Firms," NBER Working Papers 22301, National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.
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    • D31 - Microeconomics - - Distribution - - - Personal Income and Wealth Distribution
    • H24 - Public Economics - - Taxation, Subsidies, and Revenue - - - Personal Income and Other Nonbusiness Taxes and Subsidies

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