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Altruism, Voluntary Contributions and Neutrality. The Case of Environmental Quality

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  • Jouvet, P-A.
  • Michel, P.
  • Pestieau, P.

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This paper develops a dynamic model wherin production generates pollution that is viewed as a public bad by consumers. There are two types of consumers: those who are altruist a la Barro-Becker and leave bequests to their children and those who are pure life-cyclers. Both types of consumers voluntarily contribute to the quality of environment. It appears that if bequests by altruists and voluntary contributions by all are positive, redistribution is neutral. To achieve optimality, one needs a tax on capital to reach the optimal level of pollution and a differential subsidy on altruistic and non altruistic consumers's contributions.

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Paper provided by Universite Aix-Marseille III in its series G.R.E.Q.A.M. with number 96a32.

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Length: 13 pages
Date of creation: 1996
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Handle: RePEc:fth:aixmeq:96a32

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Keywords: PUBLIC GOODS; GOVERNMENT POLICY; ECONOMIC GROWTH; ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT;

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  1. Tetsuo Ono, 2007. "Environmental Tax Reform, Economic Growth, and Unemployment in an OLG Economy," FinanzArchiv: Public Finance Analysis, Mohr Siebeck, Tübingen, vol. 63(1), pages 133-161, March.
  2. JOUVET, Pierre-André, 1998. "Voluntary contributions with uncertainty: the environmental quality," CORE Discussion Papers 1998020, Université catholique de Louvain, Center for Operations Research and Econometrics (CORE).
  3. JOUVET, Pierre-André & MICHEL, Philippe & PESTIEAU, Pierre, . "Public and private environmental spending: a political economy approach," CORE Discussion Papers RP -2060, Université catholique de Louvain, Center for Operations Research and Econometrics (CORE).
  4. Emeline Bezin, 2013. "The dynamics of environmental concern and the evolution of pollution," Working Papers SMART - LERECO 13-09, INRA UMR SMART.
  5. Johanna Etner & Meglena Jeleva & Pierre-André Jouvet, 2004. "Risk Perceptions, Voluntary Contributions and Environmental Policy," Cahiers de la Maison des Sciences Economiques v04097, Université Panthéon-Sorbonne (Paris 1).
  6. Tetsuo Ono, 2009. "The political economy of environmental and social security policies: the role of environmental lobbying," Economics of Governance, Springer, vol. 10(3), pages 261-296, July.
  7. Bettinger, Eric & Slonim, Robert, 2006. "Using experimental economics to measure the effects of a natural educational experiment on altruism," Journal of Public Economics, Elsevier, vol. 90(8-9), pages 1625-1648, September.
  8. Mouez Fodha, 2009. "Protection mixte de l'environnement et externalités intergénérationnelles," Revue économique, Presses de Sciences-Po, vol. 60(3), pages 843-852.

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