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A Reconsideration of gDouble Dividendsh Hypothesis in Taxation on Externalities

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  • SUMINO, Koh

    (Department of Economics, Otaru University of Commerce)

  • YAMADA, Masatoshi

    (Graduate School of Economics, Osaka University)

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    Bovenberg and Mooij (1994) and others pointed out that the optimal taxation on goods with external diseconomy both collects revenue and also corrects the external diseconomy by the goods, and thus it is said that the tax has gdouble dividendsh. The purpose of the present paper is to examine whether the double-dividend arguments by Bovenberg and Mooij and others are appropriate when they are viewed from the traditional arguments of optimal and corrective (Pigovian) taxation. Based on their framework, we show that it should be evaluated differently from Bovenberg and Mooij whether double-dividend hypothesis holds or not, and that the hypothesis usually holds if it is appropriately defined.

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    Paper provided by Osaka University, Graduate School of Economics and Osaka School of International Public Policy (OSIPP) in its series Discussion Papers in Economics and Business with number 08-01.

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    Length: 22 pages
    Date of creation: Jan 2008
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    Handle: RePEc:osk:wpaper:0801

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    Keywords: Optimal tax rule; external diseconomies; double-dividend hypothesis;

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