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Distributional effects of a carbon tax on car fuels in France

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  • Benjamin Bureau

    (CERNA - Centre d'économie industrielle - MINES ParisTech - École nationale supérieure des mines de Paris)

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    This paper analyses the distributional effects of alternative scenarios of carbon taxes on car fuels using disaggregated French panel data from 2003 to 2006. It incorporates household price responsiveness that differs across income groups into a consumer surplus measure of tax burden. Carbon taxation is regressive before revenue recycling. However, taking into account the benefits from congestion reduction induced by the tax mitigates regressivity. We show also that recycling additional revenues from the carbon tax either in equal amounts to each household or according to household size makes poorest households better off.

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    Paper provided by HAL in its series Post-Print with number hal-00530054.

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    Date of creation: 2011
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    Publication status: Published, Energy Economics, 2011, 33, 1, 121-130
    Handle: RePEc:hal:journl:hal-00530054

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    Keywords: A-carbon; Carbon taxation; Carbon taxes; Congestion reduction; Consumer surplus; Distributional effects; Panel data; Recycling; Traffic congestion; Taxation; Consumption behavior; Fuel; Income; Pollution tax; Price dynamics; France;

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    1. Ian W. H. Parry & Margaret Walls & Winston Harrington, 2007. "Automobile Externalities and Policies," Journal of Economic Literature, American Economic Association, vol. 45(2), pages 373-399, June.
    2. Bureau, Benjamin & Glachant, Matthieu, 2008. "Distributional effects of road pricing: Assessment of nine scenarios for Paris," Transportation Research Part A: Policy and Practice, Elsevier, vol. 42(7), pages 994-1007, August.
    3. A. de Palma & C. Fontan, 2001. "Choix modal et valeur du temps en Ile-de-France," THEMA Working Papers 2001-20, THEMA (THéorie Economique, Modélisation et Applications), Université de Cergy-Pontoise.
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