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Stamp duty on shares and its effect on share prices

Bond, S.; Hawkins, M.; Klemm, A.; (2004) Stamp duty on shares and its effect on share prices. (IFS Working Papers W04/11). Institute for Fiscal Studies: London, UK. Green open access

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Abstract

This paper provides a discussion of stamp duty and its effects. This is followed by an empirical study using changes in the rate of stamp duty in the UK as natural experiments. Because shares will be affected differently depending on how frequently they are traded, we can employ a difference-in-differences methodology. We find that the announcements of cuts in stamp duty had a significant and positive effect on the price of more frequently traded shares compared to other shares. As expected under the efficient markets hypothesis, the implementation of cuts (when at a different date from the announcement) did not affect returns differentially.

Type: Working / discussion paper
Title: Stamp duty on shares and its effect on share prices
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
Publisher version: http://www.ifs.org.uk/wps/wp0411.pdf
Language: English
Keywords: JEL classification: G14, H29, E62. Stamp duty, transaction tax, Tobin-tax, natural experiment, tax reform
UCL classification: UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of S&HS > Dept of Economics
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/2894
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