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A Note on Weak Double Dividends

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  • Metcalf Gilbert E.

    () (Tufts University)

  • Babiker Mustafa H.

    () (Arab Planning Institute)

  • Reilly John

    () (MIT)

Abstract

A weak double-dividend is the proposition that the welfare improvement from a green tax reform, where the revenue from an environmental tax is used to reduce other tax rates, must be greater than the welfare improvement from a reform where the environmental taxes are returned in a lump sum fashion. We show in this note that a weak double-dividend need not hold in a world with multiple distortions. In an economy with multiple distortions one must choose carefully which tax rates to reduce, or one can do worse than a lump sum redistribution of the environmental tax revenues.

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  • Metcalf Gilbert E. & Babiker Mustafa H. & Reilly John, 2004. "A Note on Weak Double Dividends," The B.E. Journal of Economic Analysis & Policy, De Gruyter, vol. 4(1), pages 1-12, February.
  • Handle: RePEc:bpj:bejeap:v:topics.4:y:2004:i:1:n:2
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    Cited by:

    1. Takeda, Shiro, 2007. "The double dividend from carbon regulations in Japan," Journal of the Japanese and International Economies, Elsevier, vol. 21(3), pages 336-364, September.
    2. Yu-Bong Lai, 2009. "Is a Double Dividend Better than a Single Dividend?," Journal of Institutional and Theoretical Economics (JITE), Mohr Siebeck, Tübingen, vol. 165(2), pages 342-363, June.
    3. Gilbert E. Metcalf & Sergey Paltsev & John Reilly & Henry Jacoby & Jennifer F. Holak, 2008. "Analysis of U.S. Greenhouse Gas Tax Proposals," NBER Working Papers 13980, National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.

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    • H2 - Public Economics - - Taxation, Subsidies, and Revenue
    • Q2 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Renewable Resources and Conservation

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