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Growth and welfare effects of environmental tax reform and public spending policy

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This paper considers the implications of environmental tax reform and public spending policy for growth and welfare. Using a two-sector endogenous growth model where the interactions between health, education, and the environment are taken into account, we show that revenue-positive tax reforms combined with a change in the public spending structure may improve long-run growth and welfare. However, this outcome incurs relatively high welfare cost during the transition phase. This is particularly the case when the spending policy favors education spending.

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  • Oueslati, Walid, 2015. "Growth and welfare effects of environmental tax reform and public spending policy," Economic Modelling, Elsevier, vol. 45(C), pages 1-13.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:ecmode:v:45:y:2015:i:c:p:1-13
    DOI: 10.1016/j.econmod.2014.10.040
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