Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/66897
Authors: 
Alan, Sule
Atalay, Kadir
Crossley, Thomas F.
Jeon, Sung-Hee
Year of Publication: 
2009
Series/Report no.: 
QSEP Research Report, McMaster University 431
Abstract: 
Identifying the effect of differential taxation on portfolio allocation requires exogenous variation in marginal tax rates. Marginal tax rates vary with income, but income surely affects portfolio choice directly. In systems of individual taxation - like Canada's - couples with the same household income can face different effective tax rates on capital income when labor income is distributed differently within households. Using this source of variation we find statistically significant but economically modest responses to taxation. In a placebo test, using data from the U.S. (which has joint taxation), we find no effect of the intra-household distribution of labor income on portfolios.
Subjects: 
household portfolio choice
taxes
JEL: 
G11
H24
H31
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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