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Recyclage et externalités environnementales : faut-il subventionner les activités de récupération recyclage ?

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  • Jean De Beir

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    (EPEE, Université d'Evry-Val-d'Essonne)

  • Mouez Fodha

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    (Centre d'Economie de la Sorbonne)

  • Guillaume Girmens

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    (EPEE, Université d'Evry-Val-d'Essonne)

Abstract

This paper considers recycling in a general equilibrium model. It is shown that recycling should be subsidized if recycling costs are high, as an incentive to recycle all of the available waste. This tax incentive should vanish if recycling is profitable enough. In this case, recycling should even be taxed, in order to make the competitive equilibrium be an optimal allocation. We conclude also that, if recycling is efficient enough, it allows to internalize environmental externalities. In this case, recycling replaces a tax instrument.

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Paper provided by Université Panthéon-Sorbonne (Paris 1), Centre d'Economie de la Sorbonne in its series Documents de travail du Centre d'Economie de la Sorbonne with number v07010.

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Length: 17 pages
Date of creation: Mar 2007
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Handle: RePEc:mse:cesdoc:v07010

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Keywords: Overlapping generation model; recycling sector; environmental externalities; tax policy.;

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