The Effect of Straight-Line and Accelerated Depreciation Rules on Risky Investment Decisions – An Experimental Study

32 Pages Posted: 14 May 2014

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Hagen Ackermann

Otto-von-Guericke-Universität Magdeburg

Martin Fochmann

Free University of Berlin; University of Cologne

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Date Written: April 16, 2014

Abstract

The aim of this study is to analyze how depreciation rules influence the decision behavior of investors. For this purpose, we conduct a laboratory experiment in which participants decide on the composition of an asset portfolio in different choice situations. Using an experimental environment with different payment periods, we show that accelerated compared to straight-line depreciation can increase the willingness to invest as hypothesized by theory. Additionally, we are able to replicate the unexpected finding of Ackermann et al. (2013) – that introducing a subsidy leads to a lower willingness to take risk although the net returns are kept constant – with our setting which is different to their experimental environment.

Keywords: Taxation, Straight-line Depreciation, Accelerated Depreciation, Tax Perception, Risk Taking Behavior, Portfolio Choice, Behavioral Taxation

JEL Classification: C91, D14, H24

Suggested Citation

Ackermann, Hagen and Fochmann, Martin, The Effect of Straight-Line and Accelerated Depreciation Rules on Risky Investment Decisions – An Experimental Study (April 16, 2014). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2435917 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2435917

Hagen Ackermann

Otto-von-Guericke-Universität Magdeburg ( email )

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Martin Fochmann (Contact Author)

Free University of Berlin ( email )

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Accounting and Taxation
Berlin, 14195
Germany

University of Cologne ( email )

Albertus-Magnus-Platz
Behavioral Accounting/Taxation/Finance
Cologne, 50923
Germany

HOME PAGE: http://www.taxation.uni-koeln.de/de/team/prof-dr-martin-fochmann/

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