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Distortionary Taxes Preserve the Environment

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  • Gaube, Thomas
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    Recently, it became customary to argue that environmental quality - like ordinary public consumption - is crowded out by distortionary taxation. We show that this hypothesis does not hold provided that the marginal revenue of the environmental tax is positive. In this case, under-provision of public goods implies over-provision of environmental quality in second best. Hence, contrary to the impression left by the recent literature, distortionary taxes may actually provide more room for environmental protection than lump-sum taxes.

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    Paper provided by University of Bonn, Germany in its series Discussion Paper Serie A with number 579.

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    Date of creation: Aug 1998
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    Handle: RePEc:bon:bonsfa:579

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    Keywords: environmental taxation; public goods;

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    1. Metcalf, Gilbert E., 2003. "Environmental levies and distortionary taxation:: Pigou, taxation and pollution," Journal of Public Economics, Elsevier, vol. 87(2), pages 313-322, February.

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