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Title:Security transaction taxes and market quality PDF Logo
Authors:Pomeranets, Anna
G. Weaver, Daniel
Issue Date:2011
Series/Report no.:Bank of Canada Working Paper 2011,26
Abstract:We examine nine changes in the New York State Security Transaction Taxes (STT) between 1932 and 1981. We find that imposing or increasing an STT results in wider bidask spreads, lower volume, and increased price impact of trades. In contrast to theories of STT imposition as a means to reduce volatility, we find no consistent relationship between the level of an STT and volatility. We examine the propensity of traders to switch trading locations to avoid the tax and find no consistent evidence that they will change locations. We do find evidence to suggest that taxes imposed on the par value of stock will result in corporations managing the par value in the direction of minimizing the impact of the tax on investors.
Subjects:Econometric and statistical methods
Financial markets
Market structure and pricing
JEL:G10
G12
C43
Document Type:Working Paper
Appears in Collections:Bank of Canada Working Papers

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