Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/71924
Authors: 
Hanke, Michael
Huber, Jürgen
Kirchler, Michael
Sutter, Matthias
Year of Publication: 
2007
Series/Report no.: 
Working Papers in Economics and Statistics 2007-18
Abstract: 
The effects of a Tobin tax on foreign exchange markets have long been disputed. We present an experiment with currency trading on two markets, where either none, one, or both markets are taxed. Our results confirm the hitherto undisputed issues: a tax reduces trading volume, shifts market share to untaxed markets, and leads to negligible tax revenues if tax havens exist. Concerning the controversial issues we find that (i) volatility effects depend on the existence of tax havens and on market size, (ii) market efficiency remains unaffected by the tax, (iii) short-term speculation is reduced, and (iv) the tax has persistent effects even after its abolishment.
Subjects: 
Tobin tax
experiment
foreign exchange
market efficiency
trading volume
volatility
JEL: 
C91
E62
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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