Tobin Taxes are excise taxes on cross-border currency transactions. They can be enacted by national legislatures, followed by multilateral cooperation for effective enforcement. The revenue should go to global priorities: basic environmental and human needs. Such taxes will help tame currency market volatility and restore national economic sovereignty. (The name Tobin Tax and the original concept derives from James Tobin, a Ph.D. Nobel-laureate economist at Yale University.)
What are Tobin Taxes?
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Campaigns Around the World
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Tobin Tax Bibliography (NEW!)
Our updated bibliography is three times larger than the old one! Visit this site to see what experts are saying about Tobin style taxes...
US Campaigns
Building a network of organizations supporting the Tobin Tax.
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Publications and Resources
Documents (NEW!)
  1. Tobin Tax in the US Congress!
    The full text of the DeFazio-Wellstone Initiative on Tobin-style Taxes
  2. International Parliamentary Call to Action
  3. Canadians pass a Tobin Tax Measure!
  4. European Parliament -- a near miss on the Tobin Tax
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