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An Empirical Estimate of Imperfect Loss Offsetting and Effective Tax Rates


  • Jack M. Mintz


The costs of capital and marginal tax rates are derived in a two period model with technical uncertainty for investments subject to imperfect loss offset corporate and personal taxation. Data based on the experience of Canadian corporations are used to estimate the present value of tax benefits arising from taxable writeoffs associated with carry-back and carry-forward provisions of Canadian law. The value of taxable losses written off or the refundability parameter is used in the cost of capital expression to estimate the effective tax rates on investments made by various Canadian industries facing different degrees of risk.

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  • Jack M. Mintz, 1985. "An Empirical Estimate of Imperfect Loss Offsetting and Effective Tax Rates," Working Papers 634, Queen's University, Department of Economics.
  • Handle: RePEc:qed:wpaper:634

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    1. Braverman, Avishay & Stiglitz, Joseph E, 1982. "Sharecropping and the Interlinking of Agrarian Markets," American Economic Review, American Economic Association, vol. 72(4), pages 695-715, September.
    2. Bruce C. Greenwald & Joseph E. Stiglitz, 1986. "Externalities in Economies with Imperfect Information and Incomplete Markets," The Quarterly Journal of Economics, Oxford University Press, vol. 101(2), pages 229-264.
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    1. Alan J. Auerbach & James M. Poterba, 1987. "Tax Loss Carryforwards and Corporate Tax Incentives," NBER Chapters,in: The Effects of Taxation on Capital Accumulation, pages 305-342 National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.
    2. Rosanne Altshuler & Alan J. Auerbach, 1990. "The Significance of Tax Law Asymmetries: An Empirical Investigation," The Quarterly Journal of Economics, Oxford University Press, vol. 105(1), pages 61-86.

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