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Energy-Tax Reform with Vertical Tax Externalities

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  • Bert Saveyn
  • Stef Proost

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The paper is a general equilibrium analysis of an energy-tax reform in a federation, measuring the welfare effects and the vertical tax externalities. Vertical tax externalities may arise when two government levels impose taxes on common tax bases. We show how the magnitude and sign of the vertical externality depend on the environmental goal, the tax-recycling scenario, the initial local and federal tax shares, and the size of the federation. Simulations illustrate the effects for a small European federation (e.g., Belgium) and a large federation (e.g., the U.S.).

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Article provided by Mohr Siebeck, Tübingen in its journal FinanzArchiv.

Volume (Year): 64 (2008)
Issue (Month): 1 (March)
Pages: 63-86

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Handle: RePEc:mhr:finarc:urn:sici:0015-2218(200803)64:1_63:erwvte_2.0.tx_2-k

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Keywords: Tax reform; vertical tax externality; federalism;

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  1. Saveyn, Bert & Van Regemorter, Denise & Ciscar, Juan Carlos, 2011. "Economic analysis of the climate pledges of the Copenhagen Accord for the EU and other major countries," Energy Economics, Elsevier, vol. 33(S1), pages S34-S40.

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