Environmental Policy Making in Economies with Prior Tax Distortions

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Environmental Policy Making in Economies with Prior Tax Distortions

9781840647273 Edward Elgar Publishing
Edited by Lawrence H. Goulder, Shuzo Nishihara Professor of Environmental and Resource Economics, Department of Economics and Institute for International Studies, Stanford University, US
Publication Date: 2002 ISBN: 978 1 84064 727 3 Extent: 680 pp
This title gathers together important papers on the general equilibrium impacts of environmental regulation in the presence of distortionary taxes. Topics include optimal environmental taxation,’green tax reform’ and the ‘double dividend’, and the choice among alternative policy instruments. The volume will be of interest to environmental economists, public finance economists and researchers interested in the economics of regulation.

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In evaluating environmental policy, researchers have tended to focus on the industry or market that is targeted by regulation and to disregard policy impacts in other parts of the economy. Recent research indicates, however, that in economies where governments rely on distortionary taxes, environmental regulation can profoundly affect costs and efficiency in areas other than the targeted industry or market. These findings signal the importance of evaluating environmental policy using a general equilibrium framework – an approach that can capture interactions across industries, sectors or markets. General equilibrium analysis can fundamentally alter the evaluation of environmental tax policies, and can overturn conventional wisdom concerning the relative cost-effectiveness of environmental taxes, emissions quotas, or mandated technologies.

This volume gathers together important papers on the general equilibrium impacts of environmental regulation in the presence of distortionary taxes. Topics include optimal environmental taxation,’green tax reform’ and the ‘double dividend’, and the choice among alternative policy instruments. The volume will be of interest to environmental economists, public finance economists and researchers interested in the economics of regulation.
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Contributors: A.M. Bento, A.L. Bovenberg, D. Burtraw, H. Cremer, D. Fullerton, F. Gahvari, L.H. Goulder, D.W. Jorgenson, L. Kaplow, E. Koskela, N. Ladoux, G.E. Metcalf, R.A. de Mooij, W.E. Oates, I.W.H. Parry, F. van der Ploeg, S. Proost, D. van Regemorter, A. Sandmo, R. Schöb, P.J. Wilcoxen, R.C. Williams III
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Contents: Introduction Part I: Surveys of Environmental Policy Making in the Presence of Distortionary Taxes Part II: Optimal Environmental Taxation in the Presence of Distortionary Taxes Part III: Environmental Tax Reforms and the ‘Double Dividend’ Part IV: Environmental Instrument Choice in a Second-best Setting Part V: Efficiency–Distribution Trade-offs in Environmental Policy Index

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