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The societal benefit of a financial transaction tax

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  • Aleksander Berentsen
  • Samuel Huber
  • Alessandro Marchesiani

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We provide a novel justification for a financial transaction tax for economies, where agents face stochastic consumption opportunities. A financial transaction tax makes it more costly for agents to readjust their portfolios of liquid and illiquid assets in response to these liquidity shocks, which increases the demand for - and the price of liquid assets. The higher price improves liquidity insurance and welfare for other market participants. We calibrate the model to U.S. data and find that the optimal financial transaction tax is 1.6 percent and that it reduces the volume of financial trading by 17 percent.

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  • Aleksander Berentsen & Samuel Huber & Alessandro Marchesiani, 2014. "The societal benefit of a financial transaction tax," ECON - Working Papers 176, Department of Economics - University of Zurich, revised Jul 2016.
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    • E44 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Money and Interest Rates - - - Financial Markets and the Macroeconomy
    • E50 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Monetary Policy, Central Banking, and the Supply of Money and Credit - - - General
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