Fiscal policies and asset prices

Croce, M M, Kung, H, Nguyen, T T and Schmid, L (2012) Fiscal policies and asset prices. The Review of Financial Studies, 25 (9). pp. 2635-2672. ISSN 0893-9454 OPEN ACCESS

Abstract

The surge in public debt triggered by the financial crisis has raised uncertainty about future tax pressure and economic activity. We examine the asset pricing effects of fiscal policies in a production-based general equilibrium model in which taxation affects corporate decisions by: (1) distorting profits and investment; (2) reducing the cost of debt through a tax shield; and (3) depressing productivity growth. In settings with recursive preferences, these three tax-based channels generate sizable risk premia, making tax uncertainty a first-order concern. We document further that corporate tax smoothing can substantially alter the effects of public expenditure shocks.

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Item Type: Article
Subject Areas: Finance
Date Deposited: 28 Nov 2018 12:02
Last Modified: 15 Sep 2019 03:01
URI: http://lbsresearch.london.edu/id/eprint/1033
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