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Taxing Hazardous Waste: The U.S. Experience

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  • Hilary Sigman

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    (Rutgers University)

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Many states in the US impose taxes on hazardous waste. This paper conducts an empirical evaluation of the determinants of these taxes and reviews earlier research on their effects on hazardous waste. Earlier studies have shown that the taxes affect waste management, but my results and other evidence suggest that the tax-induced changes may not have improved welfare.

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Paper provided by Rutgers University, Department of Economics in its series Departmental Working Papers with number 200306.

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Date of creation: 09 Jul 2003
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Handle: RePEc:rut:rutres:200306

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Keywords: environment; taxation; state policies;

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  1. Kelly B. Maguire & Robin R. Jenkins, 2009. "State Hazardous and Solid Waste Taxes: Understanding Their Variability," NCEE Working Paper Series 200901, National Center for Environmental Economics, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, revised Jun 2009.
  2. Ian W.H. Parry & John Norregaard & Dirk Heine, 2012. "Environmental Tax Reform," IMF Working Papers 12/180, International Monetary Fund.

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