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Non-Homothetic Preferences and the Non-Environmental Effects of Environmental Taxes

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  • Charles Ballard

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  • John Goddeeris

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  • Sang-Kyum Kim

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Abstract

We show that, if the utility function is non-homothetic, environmental taxes can have positive non-environmental effects. These effects are illustrated with specific reference to taxes on gasoline and tobacco, in the context of a computational model. We also clarify the relationship between the “double dividend” (associated with a marginal change from a tax system with low reliance on environmentally motivated taxes) and the situation in which the optimal environmental tax rate is greater than the Pigouvian tax rate. These two situations are generated by rather similar combinations of parameters. Copyright Springer Science + Business Media, Inc. 2005

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Article provided by Springer in its journal International Tax and Public Finance.

Volume (Year): 12 (2005)
Issue (Month): 2 (March)
Pages: 115-130

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Handle: RePEc:kap:itaxpf:v:12:y:2005:i:2:p:115-130

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Keywords: environmental taxation; general-equilibrium efficiency analysis;

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  1. Sarah E. West & Roberton C. Williams III, 2004. "Empirical Estimates for Environmental Policy Making in a Second- Best Setting," Public Economics 0402005, EconWPA.
  2. Eftichios Sartzetakis & Panagiotis D. Tsigaris, 2007. "Uncertainty and the Double Dividend Hypothesis," Working Papers 2007.99, Fondazione Eni Enrico Mattei.
  3. West, Sara E. & Parry, Ian W.H., 2009. "Alcohol-Leisure Complementarity: Empirical Estimates and Implications for Tax Policy," National Tax Journal, National Tax Association, vol. 62(4), pages 611-33, December.
  4. Löfgren, Åsa & Nordblom, Katarina, 2006. "The Importance of Habit Formation for Environmental Taxation," Working Papers in Economics 204, University of Gothenburg, Department of Economics.
  5. West, Sarah E. & Williams III, Roberton C., 2007. "Optimal taxation and cross-price effects on labor supply: Estimates of the optimal gas tax," Journal of Public Economics, Elsevier, vol. 91(3-4), pages 593-617, April.
  6. Wiepke Wissema & Rob Dellink, 2010. "AGE assessment of interactions between climate change policy instruments and pre-existing taxes: the case of Ireland," International Journal of Global Environmental Issues, Inderscience Enterprises Ltd, vol. 10(1/2), pages 46-62.
  7. Bandyopadhyay, Gopal & Bagheri, Fathollah & Mann, Michael, 2007. "Reduction of fossil fuel emissions in the USA: A holistic approach towards policy formulation," Energy Policy, Elsevier, vol. 35(2), pages 950-965, February.

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