Scandinavian Working Papers in Economics

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Swedish Entrepreneurship Forum

No 2012:15: The Choice of Organizational Form by Closely-Held Firms in Sweden: Tax vs. Non-Tax Determinants

Karin Edmark () and Roger Gordon ()
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Karin Edmark: Research Institute of Industrial Economics, Postal: Box 55665, SE-102 15 Stockholm
Roger Gordon: UCSD, Postal: 9500 Gilman Dr. La Jolla CA 92093

Abstract: This paper makes use of individual data for 2004 to 2008 on owners of closely-held businesses in Sweden to estimate the role of both tax and non-tax determinants in the choice to be a closely-held corporation vs. a proprietorship. While lower-income individuals face relatively neutral incentives, higher income households face strong tax incentives to be corporate. The data suggest a strong response to these tax incentives. Many conventional non-tax determinants are confirmed in the data as well.

Keywords: tax; non-tax

JEL-codes: G32; G38; H25

28 pages, March 28, 2012

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