Scandinavian Working Papers in Economics

Working Paper Series,
Research Institute of Industrial Economics

No 907: Taxes and the Choice of Organizational Form by Entrepreneurs in Sweden

Karin Edmark () and Roger Gordon ()
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Karin Edmark: Research Institute of Industrial Economics (IFN), Postal: P.O. Box 55665, SE-102 15 Stockholm, Sweden
Roger Gordon: Research Institute of Industrial Economics (IFN)

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: Self-employment; Entrepreneurship; Taxation of closely-held businesses; Business organizational form

JEL-codes: G32; G38; H25

42 pages, March 26, 2012

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