Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/210886
Authors: 
Johansson, Dan
Stenkula, Mikael
Wykman, Niklas
Year of Publication: 
2018
Series/Report no.: 
IFN Working Paper No. 1245
Abstract: 
The tax system has at times favoured firm control through private foundations, which has been argued to inhibit high-impact entrepreneurship and economic growth. However, research has been hampered due to a lack of systematic historical tax data. The purpose of this study is threefold. First, we describe the evolution of tax rules for private foundations in Sweden between 1862 and 2018. Second, we calculate the marginal effective tax rate on capital income. Third, we examine the incentives to use private foundations as a means for corporate control by comparing the taxation of private foundations and of high-impact entrepreneurs. Tax incentives help explain why economically significant private foundations were founded between World War I and the 1960s.
Subjects: 
Family firms
Foundations
High-impact entrepreneurship
Owner
Taxation
JEL: 
D31
H32
K34
L26
N23
O43
P12
P14
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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