Government behavior, endogenous growth and the economic and budgetary impact of CO2 taxation in Portugal
AbstractThe objective of this paper is to examine the influence of government behavior on the growth and budgetary impacts of CO2 taxation in Portugal. We develop marginal abatement cost curves for CO2 emissions associated with CO2 taxation using a dynamic general equilibrium model of the Portuguese economy which highlights the mechanisms of endogenous growth and includes a detailed modeling of the public sector. Simulation results show that a tax of 17.00 Euros per tCO2 has the technical capacity to limit emissions growth to the existing 2020 climate policy target for Portugal. In turn, changes in tax revenues together with reductions in public spending, lead to a decline of 2.7 percent in the public debt. These desirable outcomes, however, come at the cost of a 0.7 percent reduction in GDP relative to steady-state baseline levels and a 0.1 percent reduction in social welfare. Although this paper is applied to the Portuguese case its relevance is not parochial. From a conceptual perspective it highlights an important political economy dimension of environmental taxation by suggesting that a situation of budgetary restraint may be the ideal background for the introduction of a carbon tax. Fully committing to the austerity measures and not overcompensating in the face of these welfare concerns can substantially influence the costs and trade-off between growth and fiscal sustainability. From a methodological perspective it highlights the importance of endogenous growth mechanisms and the modeling of the public sector in evaluating the magnitude of the economic and budgetary impacts of CO2 taxes.
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Date of creation: 01 Jun 2013
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Marginal Abatement Costs; Endogenous Growth; Budgetary Effects; Carbon Taxation; Dynamic General Equilibrium; Portugal.;
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This paper has been announced in the following NEP Reports:
- NEP-ALL-2011-02-05 (All new papers)
- NEP-DGE-2011-02-05 (Dynamic General Equilibrium)
- NEP-ENE-2011-02-05 (Energy Economics)
- NEP-ENV-2011-02-05 (Environmental Economics)
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