Home Bias and Cross Border Taxation

25 Pages Posted: 8 Jun 2012

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Anil V. Mishra

Western Sydney University

Ronald A. Ratti

Western Sydney University - Department of Economics & Finance

Date Written: June 7, 2012


The relationship between cross border taxation and free float home bias is examined. This explicitly recognizes that insider shares are unavailable to foreigners. Other important explanations for home bias - information asymmetry, behavioural and governance issues - are controlled when examining the impact of cross border tax variables. In our sample of countries about sixty percent (eighty percent) withhold taxes on realized capital gains (dividends) of foreign investors and about thirty percent of the mature economies provide imputation of taxes paid on dividend income by domestic corporations. Dividend imputation is a statistically significant impediment to cross border equity flows. A tax credit variable for foreign taxes paid on dividends is constructed and found to be statistically significant in reducing home bias. A relatively high foreign tax rate that cannot be offset by tax credits is found to significantly increase home bias. These results hold for float adjusted home bias and traditional international portfolio home bias.

Keywords: Float home bias, Cross border taxation, Dividend imputation, Dividend tax credit

JEL Classification: G19

Suggested Citation

Mishra, Anil V. and Ratti, Ronald A., Home Bias and Cross Border Taxation (June 7, 2012). Journal of International Money and Finance, Forthcoming, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2079571

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Ronald A. Ratti

Western Sydney University - Department of Economics & Finance ( email )

Sydney, NSW 1797

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