Working Paper No. 841

Does the Debt Tax Shield Distort Ownership Efficiency?

Published: June 11, 2010, revised May 2011 and September 2017Pages: 17Keywords: Acquisitions; Capital Gains Tax; Corporate Tax; LBOs; M&As; Ownership; Private Equity; Tax ShieldsJEL-codes: D20; G32; G33; G34; H25; H32; L19; L22

Does the Debt Tax Shield Distort Ownership Efficiency? Pehr-Johan Norbäck, Lars Persson and Joacim Tåg


The tax laws of most developed countries are debt biased since firms can deduct interest on debt but not on equity. This bias is known to distort investment decisions. However, less is known about how the debt tax shield affects the ownership of assets when bidders differ financial expertise and thus in optimal use of leverage. We show that the debt tax shield need not always distort ownership efficiency. Assets end up with the socially preferred owner when differences in financial and productive expertise between bidders is small and better financial expertise reduces expected bankruptcy costs.

Pehr-Johan Norbäck

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Lars Persson

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