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The Scale and Scope of Environmental Taxation

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  • Agnar Sandmo

    (Norwegian Schol of Economics and Business Administration (NH))

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    This paper provides a discussion of the principles of environmental taxation. It considers the empirical identification of environmental taxes and the problems associated with the choice of the right tax base from the point of view of the correction of market incentives. It then presents a model of optimal second best environmental taxation when taxes must fulfil the double role of modifying market incentives and generating tax revenue. It also considers the issues of the double dividend, the interaction between intrinsic and extrinsic incentives and the problem of designing a tax policy for the alleviation of global environmental problems.

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    Paper provided by International Center for Public Policy, Andrew Young School of Policy Studies, Georgia State University in its series International Center for Public Policy Working Paper Series, at AYSPS, GSU with number paper1019.

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    Length: 36 pages
    Date of creation: 01 May 2010
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    Handle: RePEc:ays:ispwps:paper1019

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