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Tax Changes and Asset Pricing

Clemens Sialm ()

American Economic Review, 2009, vol. 99, issue 4, 1356-83

Abstract: The tax burden on equity securities has varied substantially over time and remains a source of continuing policy debate. This paper investigates whether investors were compensated for the tax burden of equity securities over the period between 1913 and 2006. Taxes on equity securities vary over time due to changes in dividend and capital gains tax rates and due to changes in corporate payout policies. Equity taxes also vary across firms due to persistent differences in propensities to pay dividends. The results indicate an economically plausible and statistically significant tax capitalization over time and cross-sectionally. (JEL G10, G12, H22, H24, N21, N22)

JEL-codes: G10 G12 H22 H24 N21 N22 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2009
Note: DOI: 10.1257/aer.99.4.1356
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