Real Tax Effects and Tax Perception Effects in Decisions on Asset Allocation

50 Pages Posted: 14 May 2014

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Martin Fochmann

Free University of Berlin

Kristina Hemmerich

University of Würzburg

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Date Written: April 10, 2014


We test the predictions of the theoretical literature initiated by the study of Domar and Musgrave (1944) with a laboratory experiment in which subjects have to decide on the composition of an asset portfolio. Our simple design enables us to distinguish between Real Tax Effects and Perception Effects when a proportional income tax, with and without a full loss offset provision, is introduced. Observed investment behavior is partially inconsistent with the theoretical predictions if we do not control for the Perception Effects. However, if we consider these effects, we find support for the theory. The isolated Perception Effects can explain the unexpected behavior observed in previous studies and has both scientific and political implications.

Keywords: Taxation, Domar-Musgrave Effect, Tax Perception, Risk Taking Behavior, Portfolio Choice, Behavioral Taxation

JEL Classification: C91, D14, H24

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Fochmann, Martin and Hemmerich, Kristina, Real Tax Effects and Tax Perception Effects in Decisions on Asset Allocation (April 10, 2014). Available at SSRN: or

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Kristina Hemmerich

University of Würzburg ( email )

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Würzburg, D-97070

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