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Loan as a Durable Good and Bank Indirect-Tax Incidence

Soldatos, Gerasimos T. and Varelas, Erotokritos (2015): Loan as a Durable Good and Bank Indirect-Tax Incidence. Published in: International Journal of Financial Research , Vol. 7, No. 1 (January 2016): pp. 33-38.

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Abstract

This paper maintains that the durable-goods character of loans enables the forward shift of bank indirect taxes à la Coase (1972), increasing thereby the money multiplier and reducing the equity-lending ratio regardless bank industry structure. Consequently, policymakers may use such taxes countercyclically if, of course, the need for depositor insurance is not exaggerated evoking upon the problems of asymmetric information accompanying lending. Also, the “standard” proposition that the ability to shift indirect taxation forward depends negatively on the size of the elasticity of loan demand, is confirmed here, too. The low elasticity of loan demand is related with relationship banking, contemplating thereby that the mix “bank indirect tax-relationship banking” may prove to be critical for capital accumulation and growth depending on the dissemination of such banking. A zero-bank-profit policy is proposed as a stabilization policy beyond the countercyclical manipulation of the tax.

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