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Title:The impact of dividend taxation on dividends and investment : new evidence based on a natural experiment PDF Logo
Authors:Kari, Seppo
Karikallio, Hanna
Pirttilä , Jukka
Issue Date:2009
Series/Report no.:CESifo working paper 2756
Abstract:There is a lack of clear evidence of the ways in which dividend taxation affects dividend distributions and investment since the evidence is based mainly on the behaviour of large listed companies. This paper utilises a large register-based panel data set, where the vast majority of firms are small and medium-sized enterprises, to examine the responses to the Finnish dividend tax increase of 2005. This reform creates a useful opportunity to measure enterprise behaviour, since it involves exogenous variation in the tax treatment of different types of firms. The results, based on differences-in-differences estimation and matching methods, indicate that dividends declined somewhat in closely held corporations that faced a tax increase, perhaps for timing reasons, while investments did not decline. These findings are more in line with the new rather than the old view of dividend taxation.
Subjects:corporate income taxation
dividends
investment
tax reform
JEL:H25
H32
Document Type:Working Paper
Appears in Collections:CESifo Working Papers, CESifo Group Munich

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