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The Efficiency Costs of Dividend Taxation with Managerial Firms

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  • Köthenbürger, Marko
  • Stimmelmayr, Michael

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The paper analyzes the efficiency costs of dividend taxation in an effort-based corporate agency model in which non-verifiable managerial effort enhances taxable profits. We show that investment changes following a rise in dividend taxes might not be sufficient to infer the efficiency cost of dividend taxation as well as the financing regime of the firm that underlies the investment response, in contrast to insights from previous literature. We provide a testable implication to infer the mode of investment finance from investment responses. Furthermore, we show that imposing income tax on managerial incentive pay is welfare equivalent to a general dividend tax. Finally, we relate the results to recent empirical findings in the literature on dividend taxation.

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  • Köthenbürger, Marko & Stimmelmayr, Michael, 2016. "The Efficiency Costs of Dividend Taxation with Managerial Firms," Annual Conference 2016 (Augsburg): Demographic Change 145649, Verein für Socialpolitik / German Economic Association.
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    • H21 - Public Economics - - Taxation, Subsidies, and Revenue - - - Efficiency; Optimal Taxation
    • D21 - Microeconomics - - Production and Organizations - - - Firm Behavior: Theory
    • D61 - Microeconomics - - Welfare Economics - - - Allocative Efficiency; Cost-Benefit Analysis

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