Taxation and Corporate Risk-Taking
59 Pages Posted: 8 Aug 2017
Date Written: July 24, 2017
We study whether the corporate tax system provides incentives for risky firm investment. We analytically and empirically show two main findings: first, risk-taking is positively related to the length of tax loss periods because the loss rules shift some risk to the government; and second, the tax rate has a positive effect on risk-taking for firms that expect to use losses, and a weak negative effect for those that cannot. Thus, the sign of the tax effect on risky investment hinges on firm-specific expectations of future loss recovery.
Keywords: corporate taxation, risk-taking, net operating losses
JEL Classification: H250, H320, G320
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