Advanced Search
MyIDEAS: Login

Encouraging Environmentally Sustainable Growth in Austria


Author Info

  • Jens Høj
  • Andreas Wörgötter


This document analyses the economic impacts of selected environmental policies in Austria with an emphasis on the use of economic instruments and incentives versus command-and-control measures. An important theme in a federation like the Austrian is the institutional complexity involved in many aspects of environmental policy, requiring a high degree of co-ordination between various layers of government, which could be furthered by a coherent ex ante and ex post evaluation system. Such a system could also be useful in the setting of abatement objectives and minimizing their associated cost. Greater use of properly designed instruments, examples being a unified taxation of fuels and the introduction of a CO2 tax, would improve the cost-effectiveness of policies to reach Austria’s ambitious CO2 emission reduction target. This would particularly be the case if economic instruments replace the widespread use of subsidies and command-and-control type measures. Such measures are found to ... Pour une croissance écologiquement durable en Autriche Ce document analyse les effets économiques de certaines actions environnementales en Autriche, en mettant l'accent sur l'utilisation des instruments économiques et sur les incitations, par opposition aux measures coercitives. Dans un Etat fédéral tel que l'Autriche il faut souligner la complexité institutionnelle de maints aspects de la politique d’environnement, exigeant une étroite coordination entre les divers niveaux d'administration, qui pourrait être renforcée par un système cohérent d'évaluation ex ante et ex post. Pareil système serait également utile pour fixer les objectifs de dépollution et minimiser les coûts associés. Un plus ample recours à des instruments bien conçus, notamment une fiscalité unifiée des carburants et une taxe sur le CO2, améliorerait le rapport coût-efficacité des mesures destinées à atteindre l'ambitieux objectif de réduction des émissions de CO2 que s'est fixé l'Autriche. Tel sera le cas en particulier si les instruments économiques remplacent les ...

Download Info

If you experience problems downloading a file, check if you have the proper application to view it first. In case of further problems read the IDEAS help page. Note that these files are not on the IDEAS site. Please be patient as the files may be large.
File URL:
Download Restriction: no

Bibliographic Info

Paper provided by OECD Publishing in its series OECD Economics Department Working Papers with number 322.

as in new window
Date of creation: 20 Feb 2002
Date of revision:
Handle: RePEc:oec:ecoaaa:322-en

Contact details of provider:
Postal: 2 rue Andre Pascal, 75775 Paris Cedex 16
Phone: 33-(0)-1-45 24 82 00
Fax: 33-(0)-1-45 24 85 00
Web page:
More information through EDIRC

Related research

Keywords: sustainable development; environmental policy; Austria; Autriche; développement durable; politique environnementale;

Find related papers by JEL classification:


No references listed on IDEAS
You can help add them by filling out this form.



This item is not listed on Wikipedia, on a reading list or among the top items on IDEAS.


Access and download statistics


When requesting a correction, please mention this item's handle: RePEc:oec:ecoaaa:322-en. See general information about how to correct material in RePEc.

For technical questions regarding this item, or to correct its authors, title, abstract, bibliographic or download information, contact: ().

If you have authored this item and are not yet registered with RePEc, we encourage you to do it here. This allows to link your profile to this item. It also allows you to accept potential citations to this item that we are uncertain about.

If references are entirely missing, you can add them using this form.

If the full references list an item that is present in RePEc, but the system did not link to it, you can help with this form.

If you know of missing items citing this one, you can help us creating those links by adding the relevant references in the same way as above, for each refering item. If you are a registered author of this item, you may also want to check the "citations" tab in your profile, as there may be some citations waiting for confirmation.

Please note that corrections may take a couple of weeks to filter through the various RePEc services.