Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/144958
Authors: 
Jr., James R. Hines
Potrafke, Niklas
Riem, Marina
Schinke, Christoph
Year of Publication: 
2016
Series/Report no.: 
CESifo Working Paper 5923
Abstract: 
This paper examines the determinants of inter vivos (lifetime) transfers of ownership in German family firms between 2000 and 2013. Survey evidence indicates that owners of larger firms, and firms with strong current business conditions, transfer ownership at higher rates than others. When a firm’s self-described business condition improves from “normal” to “good” the likelihood of an inter vivos transfer increases by 46 percent. Inter vivos transfer rates also rose following a 2009 reform that reduced transfer taxes. These patterns suggest that transfer taxes significantly influence rates and timing of in-ter vivos ownership transfers.
Subjects: 
inter vivos transfers
transfer taxes
family firms
JEL: 
H24
D31
D22
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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