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Bank Taxes, Bailouts and Financial Crises

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Following the Great Financial Crisis, more than a dozen countries adopted innovative bank taxes as part of their response. This paper characterizes, calibrates and discusses Pigovian taxes on bank borrowing to address externalities associated with either the collapse of systemic financial institutions or, to prevent that, public guarantees to bail out their creditors. It also characterizes optimal bailout policy, differentiating between circumstances in which the government can and cannot commit. Building on the analysis for a representative bank, it considers the implications for corrective taxation of various aspects of bank heterogeneity, connectedness, and asymmetries of information.
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Keywords: BANK TAXATION; FINANCIAL CRISIS; PIGOVIAN TAXATION

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: 01 March 2018

This article was made available online on 01 March 2018 as a Fast Track article with title: "Bank Taxes, Bailouts and Financial Crises".

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  • As one of the world's oldest professional journals in public finance, founded in 1884, FinanzArchiv (FA) publishes original work from all fields of public economics which are of interest to an international readership, e.g. taxation, public debt, public goods, public choice, federalism, market failure, social policy, and the welfare state. Special emphasis is on high-quality theoretical and empirical papers on current policy issues.

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    FA is listed in the Social Science Citation Index (SSCI), in Current Contents/Social and Behavioral Sciences, in Econ Lit, in the Journal of Economic Literature, in IDEAS and RePEc and in the International Bibliography of the Social Sciences.

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