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Financial Transaction Tax

Also known as a Financial Speculation Tax

In Focus

Support for a Financial Transactions Tax pdf_small
Updated September 2014

Facts and Myths About the Financial Speculation Tax pdf_small
December 2010; Updated May 2013

Economists' Letter in Support of a Financial Transactions Tax pdf_small
December 2009

Keeping Track: Unemployment Insurance and a Financial Tax
New York Times, April 8 2014

Editorial: High-Frequency Trading Insanity
USA Today, September 26, 2012

Paul Krugman: Things to Tax
New York Times, November 27, 2011

Proposed Tax May Help, Not Hurt, Small Investors 
The Wall Street Journal, January 19, 2010


The Relationship Between Financial Transactions Costs and Economic Growth

March 2012, Dean Baker and Helene Jorgensen

The Deficit-Reducing Potential of a Financial Speculation Tax

January 2011, Dean Baker

Responses to Criticisms of Taxes on Financial Speculation

January 2010, Dean Baker

The Potential Revenue from Financial Transactions Taxes

December 2009, Dean Baker, Robert Pollin, Travis McArthur, and Matt Sherman

Investment Bank Welfare?

March 2009, Dean Baker and Matt Sherman

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The #PeoplesBudget: A Progressive Vision of the U.S. Economy

Questions for Janet Yellen

After the #FlashCrash, Nations Look to a #WallStTax

A Budget that Would Make Our Economy #BetterOff

Wall Street User Fee Could Relieve 1/3 of Sequester Cuts

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Op-Eds & Columns

Democrats Take on Wall Street with Financial Transactions Tax

Dean Baker
Truthout, January 19, 2015

New Year’s Resolutions: Ten Ways to Combat Upward Redistribution of Income

Dean Baker
Truthout, December 29, 2014

Those Wall Street Parties Would Be More Fun With a Small Tax

Dean Baker
Al Jazeera America, February 24, 2014

Anniversary Present for Wall Street Banks: A Financial Speculation Tax

Dean Baker
Al Jazeera English, September 16, 2013

Edward Snowden and Financial Speculation Taxes

Dean Baker
Truthout, July 22, 2013

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A Wall Street Speculation Tax: A Tool for Financial Stability and Economic Recovery

A Financial Transaction Tax: Raising Revenue and Restraining High-Speed Trading

Financial Transactions Taxes at Home and Abroad

Financial Reform Summit III: "From Dodd-Frank to Occupy and Everything In Between"

The Occupied Super Committee Hearing of the 99%

The Financial Crisis: Why We Occupy

'Robin Hood' March and Teach-In for #OccupyDC

Briefing On Financial Transaction Taxes

Debating Taboos: Securities Transaction Tax – Bring it Back or Leave it Out?

Feasibility and Impact of an FTT: Discussion on IMF Paper "Taxing Financial Transactions"


The Benefits of Financial Transactions Taxes
May 17, 2010, Dean Baker's Statement to the Bundestag

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