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A Distributional Analysis of Green Tax Reforms

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  • Metcalf, Gilbert E.

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I measure the distributional impact of a shift toward greater reliance on environmental taxes (a green tax reform) using both annual and lifetime income measures to rank households. An environmental tax reform can be designed that has a negligible impact on the income distribution when the funds are rebated to households through reductions in the payroll tax and personal income tax. I also analyze trade-offs among competing goals of efficiency, equity, and ease of administration in the design of a green tax reform.

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Article provided by National Tax Association in its journal National Tax Journal.

Volume (Year): 52 (1999)
Issue (Month): n. 4 (December)
Pages: 655-82

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Handle: RePEc:ntj:journl:v:52:y:1999:i:n._4:p:655-82

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  1. Terkla, David, 1984. "The efficiency value of effluent tax revenues," Journal of Environmental Economics and Management, Elsevier, vol. 11(2), pages 107-123, June.
  2. Nicholas Bull & Kevin A. Hassett & Gilbert E. Metcalf, 1993. "Who pays broad-based energy taxes? Computing lifetime and regional incidence," Working Paper Series / Economic Activity Section, Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System (U.S.) 142, Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System (U.S.).
  3. Don Fullerton & Gilbert Metcalf, 1997. "Environmental Controls, Scarcity Rents, and Pre-Existing Distortions," NBER Working Papers 6091, National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.
  4. Poterba, James M, 1989. "Lifetime Incidence and the Distributional Burden of Excise Taxes," American Economic Review, American Economic Association, American Economic Association, vol. 79(2), pages 325-30, May.
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