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Date: 02/02/2022

A Welfare Analysis on Start-Up Decisions under Default Risk


Nicola Comincioli (University of Brescia); Paolo Panteghini (University of Brescia); Sergio Vergalli, (University of Brescia)

Type: cesifo Working Papers
JEL n.: H250, G330, G380
Published in: CESifo Working Paper No. 9478 | CESifo, Munich, 2021
Keywords: Real Options, Business Taxation, Default Risk


This short article studies the tax effects on a start-up investment decision under uncertainty. Since the representative firm can decide both when to invest and how much to borrow, the distortive effects are twofold. We thus show that the deadweight loss (namely, the ratio between the welfare loss and tax revenue) ranges from 25 to 32%, whereas mature firms face a lower distortion (as shown by Comincioli et al. (2021) the maximum deadweight loss is about 25%).

A Welfare Analysis on Start-Up Decisions under Default Risk

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