Hilber, Christian and Lyytikainen, Teemu
Stamp duty and household mobility: regression discontinuity evidence from the UK.
London School of Economics and Political Science.
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We estimate the effect of the UK real estate transfer tax on household mobility using
household level panel data. We exploit a discontinuity in the tax schedule as a quasiexperimental
setting which allows us to isolate the impact of the stamp duty from other
determinants of mobility. Our empirical strategy compares households with self-assessed
house values on either sides of a cut-off value where stamp duty liabilities jump sharply
while controlling for flexible but smooth functions of house values. We find that a higher
stamp duty negatively affects a household’s propensity to move and the expectation that a
move is imminent. Our results suggest that a £5,000 increase in the stamp duty reduces
mobility by roughly 30 percent. We conclude that the UK stamp duty adversely affects the
functioning of housing- and labor markets.
||© 2012 The Authors
||stamp duty, real estate transfer tax, transaction costs, household mobility
|Library of Congress subject classification:
||H Social Sciences > HB Economic Theory
H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor
|Journal of Economic Literature Classification System:
||D - Microeconomics > D2 - Production and Organizations > D23 - Organizational Behavior; Transaction Costs; Property Rights
H - Public Economics > H2 - Taxation, Subsidies, and Revenue > H23 - Externalities; Redistributive Effects; Environmental Taxes and Subsidies
H - Public Economics > H2 - Taxation, Subsidies, and Revenue > H27 - Other Sources of Revenue
R - Urban, Rural, and Regional Economics > R2 - Household Analysis > R21 - Housing Demand
R - Urban, Rural, and Regional Economics > R3 - Production Analysis and Firm Location > R31 - Housing Supply and Markets
R - Urban, Rural, and Regional Economics > R3 - Production Analysis and Firm Location > R38 - Government Policies; Regulatory Policies
||Departments > Geography and Environment
Research centres and groups > Spatial Economics Research Centre
Collections > Economists Online
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