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Double Dividend Environmental Taxation and Canadian Carbon Emissions Control

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  • Ross McKitrick

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The possibility of using revenues from environmental taxes to reduce other distortions in the tax system (the so-called double dividend approach) has been discussed recently. This paper reviews the current debate and presents empirical evidence to suggest that the double dividend approach can significantly reduce the cost of CO2 emissions control in Canada and possibly eliminate aggregate welfare and output reductions due to implementation of a carbon tax.

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Article provided by University of Toronto Press in its journal Canadian Public Policy.

Volume (Year): 23 (1997)
Issue (Month): 4 (December)
Pages: 417-438

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Handle: RePEc:cpp:issued:v:23:y:1997:i:4:p:417-438

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Cited by:
  1. John Creedy & Catherine Sleeman, 2005. "Carbon Taxation, Prices and Welfare in New Zealand," Department of Economics - Working Papers Series, The University of Melbourne 937, The University of Melbourne.
  2. Elena Simonova & Rock Lefebvre, 2009. "Carbon Revenue Recycling - Opportunities and Challenges," Working Papers, Certified General Accountants Association of Canada 090904, Certified General Accountants Association of Canada.
  3. McKitrick, R, 1996. "Double Dividended Environmental Taxation and Canadian Carbon Emissions Control," Working Papers, University of Guelph, Department of Economics and Finance 1996-10, University of Guelph, Department of Economics and Finance.

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