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Bridging the Tax-Expenditure Gap: Green Taxes and the Marginal Cost of Funds

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  • Sandmo, A.
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    The marginal cost of public funds is usually seen as a number greater than one, reflecting the efficiency cost of distortionary taxes. But economic intuition suggests that since green taxes are efficiency-enhancing the MCF with such taxes will be less than one. The paper demonstrates that this intuition is not necessarily true, even when a green tax is the sole source of funds. The analysis also considers the MCF with a proportional income tax, given the presence of green taxes. It compares the optimization approach to the MCF with that of a balanced budget reform and shows that they lead to equivalent results.

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    Paper provided by Norwegian School of Economics and Business Administration- in its series Papers with number 2/2001.

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    Length: 21 pages
    Date of creation: 2001
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    Handle: RePEc:fth:norgee:2/2001

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    Keywords: TAXES ; PUBLIC GOODS;

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