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Double Dividend Environmental Taxation and Canadian Carbon Emissions Control

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The possibility of using revenues from environmental taxes to reduce other distortions in the tax system (the so-called double dividend approach) has been discussed recently. This paper reviews the current debate and presents empirical evidence to suggest that the double dividend approach can significantly reduce the cost of CO2 emissions control in Canada and possibly eliminate aggregate welfare and output reductions due to implementation of a carbon tax.

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  • Ross McKitrick, 1997. "Double Dividend Environmental Taxation and Canadian Carbon Emissions Control," Canadian Public Policy, University of Toronto Press, vol. 23(4), pages 417-438, December.
  • Handle: RePEc:cpp:issued:v:23:y:1997:i:4:p:417-438
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    1. Ross McKitrick, 1997. "Double Dividend Environmental Taxation and Canadian Carbon Emissions Control," Canadian Public Policy, University of Toronto Press, vol. 23(4), pages 417-438, December.
    2. (Sans nom) & Érick Lachapelle & Jacques Papy & Pierre-Olivier Pineau & Hélène Trudeau, 2017. "Enquête sur les entreprises touchées par le système de plafonnement et d'échange de droits d'émission de gaz à effet de serre au Québec (SPEDE)," CIRANO Burgundy Reports 2017rb-01, CIRANO.
    3. Creedy, John & Sleeman, Catherine, 2006. "Carbon taxation, prices and welfare in New Zealand," Ecological Economics, Elsevier, vol. 57(3), pages 333-345, May.
    4. Alberto Gago & Xavier Labandeira & Xiral López Otero, 2014. "A Panorama on Energy Taxes and Green Tax Reforms," Hacienda Pública Española, IEF, vol. 208(1), pages 145-190, March.
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    6. Bor, Yunchang Jeffrey & Huang, Yophy, 2010. "Energy taxation and the double dividend effect in Taiwan's energy conservation policy--an empirical study using a computable general equilibrium model," Energy Policy, Elsevier, vol. 38(5), pages 2086-2100, May.

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    JEL classification:

    • H21 - Public Economics - - Taxation, Subsidies, and Revenue - - - Efficiency; Optimal Taxation
    • H23 - Public Economics - - Taxation, Subsidies, and Revenue - - - Externalities; Redistributive Effects; Environmental Taxes and Subsidies
    • Q25 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Renewable Resources and Conservation - - - Water
    • Q28 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Renewable Resources and Conservation - - - Government Policy
    • Q4 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Energy

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