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Corporate Taxes, Leverage, and Business Cycles

  • Joao Gomes

    (The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania and CEPR.)

  • Amir Yaron

    (The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania and NBER)

  • Brent Glover

    (The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania)

the consequences of this policy for economy-wide quantities such as investment and consumption. Contrary to conventional wisdom we find that changes in tax policy have only a small effect on equilibrium levels of corporate leverage. The intuition lies in the endogenous adjustment of debt prices in equilibrium that make debt relatively more attractive and largely offset the effect of the changes in tax policy.

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Paper provided by Society for Economic Dynamics in its series 2010 Meeting Papers with number 1261.

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Date of creation: 2010
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Handle: RePEc:red:sed010:1261
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