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Market versus Residence Principle: Experimental Evidence on the Effects of a Financial Transaction Tax

Jürgen Huber, Michael Kirchler, Daniel Kleinlercher and Matthias Sutter ()

Economic Journal, 2017, vol. 127, issue 605, F610-F631

Abstract: The effects of a financial transaction tax (FTT) are scientifically disputed, as seemingly small details of its implementation may matter a lot. In this article, we provide experimental evidence on the different effects of an FTT, depending on whether it is implemented as a tax on markets, on residents, or a combination of both. We find that a tax on markets has negative effects on volatility and trading volume, whereas a tax on residents shows none of these undesired effects. Additionally, we observe that individual risk attitude is not related to traders’ reaction to the different forms of an FTT.

Date: 2017
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