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The Evolution of Aggregate Stock Ownership - A Unified Explanation

Kristian Rydqvist (), Joshua Spizman () and Ilya Strebulaev ()
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Kristian Rydqvist: Binghamton University
Joshua Spizman: Binghamton University

No 68, SIFR Research Report Series from Institute for Financial Research

Abstract: Since World War II, direct stock ownership by households has largely been replaced by indirect stock ownership by financial institutions. We argue that tax policy is the driving force. Using long time-series from eight countries, we show that the fraction of household ownership decreases with measures of the tax benefits of holding stocks inside a pension plan. This finding is important for policy considerations on effctive taxation and for financial economics research on the long-term effects of taxation on corporate finance and asset prices.

Keywords: Capital gains tax; income tax; stock ownership; inflation; bracket creep; pension funds (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: G10 G20 H22 H30 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 53 pages
Date: 2009-09-15
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