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Optimal Green Taxation With Both Emission and Commodity Taxes

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  • Basharat A.K. Pitafi

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    (Department of Economics, University of Hawaii at Manoa)

  • James A. Roumasset

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    (Department of Economics, University of Hawaii at Manoa)

Abstract

Several authors have argued that the second-best environmental tax on a “dirty good” is less than marginal emission damage associated with its consumption. These studies limit their analysis to cases in which emissions can only be reduced by a reduction of the dirty good. With a more general specification that allows abatement through input substitution, we show that the direct emissions tax cannot be less than marginal emission damage, regardless of the normalization.

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Paper provided by University of Hawaii at Manoa, Department of Economics in its series Working Papers with number 200208.

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Length: 14 pages
Date of creation: 2002
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Handle: RePEc:hai:wpaper:200208

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Keywords: Second-best environmental taxation; Pigouvian taxation; tax normalization; Revenue recycling; Tax interaction;

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