An International Study of Tax Effects on Government Bonds

  • Author(s): ROBERT H. LITZENBERGER, JACQUES ROLFO
  • Published: Apr 30, 2012
  • Pages: 1-22
  • DOI: 10.1111/j.1540-6261.1984.tb03857.x

ABSTRACT

It is shown that coupon bonds alone are not sufficient to span time‐dated claims on ordinary income, capital gains, and non‐taxable wealth. In an incomplete bond market where the pure dated claims are not spanned by existing bonds, marginal rates of substitution between present consumption and pure dated claims on ordinary income, capital gains income, and non‐taxable wealth, respectively, can differ across bondholders. However, the relative pricing of coupon bonds in each of these countries is shown to be consistent with the tax status of the major (non‐tax‐exempt) holders of government debt.

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