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Tax Reforms in an Endogenous Growth Model with Pollution

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This paper discusses the effects of a green tax reform in an AK growth model without abatement activities and with a negative environmental externality in utility function. There is also a non-optimal level of public spending. The results depend on the financing source of public spending. When there is not public debt, a revenue-neutral green tax reform has not any effect on pollution, growth and welfare. On the contrary, when short-run deficits are financed by debt issuing, a variety of green tax reforms increase welfare. Nevertheless, in this framework, non-green tax reforms are also welfare improving.

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Paper provided by Centro de Estudios Andaluces in its series Economic Working Papers at Centro de Estudios Andaluces with number E2003/31.

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Length: 28 pages
Date of creation: 2003
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Handle: RePEc:cea:doctra:e2003_31

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Keywords: Environmental externalities; Economic growth; Pollution taxes; Laffer Curve.;

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