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Do Transfer Taxes Reduce Intergenerational Transfers?

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We estimate the effect of taxes on intergenerational transfers exploiting a sequence of Italian reforms culminating with the abolishment of transfer taxes. We use the 1993-2006 Survey of Household Income and Wealth, which has data on real estate transfers received and information on potential donors as well as recipients. Differences-in-differences estimates indicate that the abolition of transfer taxes increased the probability that high-wealth donors make a transfer by 2 percentage points and square meters transferred by 5.5 meters relative to poorer donors. Since we have data only on real estate transfers, we cannot rule out that the effect of the reform reflects also a change in the composition of transfers.

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  • Tullio Jappelli & Mario Padula & Giovanni Pica, 2010. "Do Transfer Taxes Reduce Intergenerational Transfers?," CSEF Working Papers 243, Centre for Studies in Economics and Finance (CSEF), University of Naples, Italy, revised 27 Sep 2011.
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    Transfer Taxes; Intergenerational Transfers. Intergenerational Mobility;

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    • H24 - Public Economics - - Taxation, Subsidies, and Revenue - - - Personal Income and Other Nonbusiness Taxes and Subsidies
    • E21 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Consumption, Saving, Production, Employment, and Investment - - - Consumption; Saving; Wealth

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