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The Pigouvian Tax Rule in the Presence of an Eco-Industry

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  • Alain-Désiré Nimubona
  • Bernard Sinclair-Desgagné

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Pollution abatement goods and services are now largely being delivered by a specialized "eco-industry." This note reconsiders Pigouvian taxes in this context. We find that the optimal emission tax will depart from the marginal social cost of pollution according to the polluters' and the environment firms' relative market power. La production des biens et services destinés à reduire la pollution incombe actuellement souvent à des firmes spécialisées qui forment ce que l'on appelle maintenant l'« éco-industrie ». Cette note reconsidère les taxes pigouviennes dans ce contexte. Il est démontré que la taxe optimale sur les émissions polluantes divergera du coût social marginal de la pollution selon les pouvoirs de marché relatifs des pollueurs et des entreprises environnementales.

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Paper provided by CIRANO in its series CIRANO Working Papers with number 2005s-21.

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Date of creation: 01 Apr 2005
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Handle: RePEc:cir:cirwor:2005s-21

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Keywords: Pigouvian taxes; environment industry; taxes pigouviennes; industries de l'environnement;

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