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Second-Best Pollution Taxation and Environmental Quality

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  • Thomas Gaube

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    (Max Planck Institute for Research on Collective Goods, Bonn, Germany)

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    This paper deals with second-best pollution taxation by investigating allocations instead of the corresponding tax rates. Assuming certain restrictions on utility and that the marginal revenue from environmental taxation is positive, it is shown that environmental quality is higher in second best where only distortionary taxes are used to finance public expenditures than in the first-best optimum where lump-sum taxes are available.

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    Paper provided by Max Planck Institute for Research on Collective Goods in its series Working Paper Series of the Max Planck Institute for Research on Collective Goods with number 2005_9.

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    Length: 17 pages
    Date of creation: Apr 2005
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    Publication status: Published in Frontiers of Economic Analysis & Policy 1, 2005, No. 1, Article 1
    Handle: RePEc:mpg:wpaper:2005_09

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    1. Hakenes, Hendrik & Schnabel, Isabel, 2006. "The Threat of Capital Drain: A Rationale for Public Banks?," Discussion Paper Series of SFB/TR 15 Governance and the Efficiency of Economic Systems 107, Free University of Berlin, Humboldt University of Berlin, University of Bonn, University of Mannheim, University of Munich.

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