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Optimal taxation of externalities interacting through markets: A theoretical general equilibrium analysis

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  • Ren, Xiaolin
  • Fullerton, Don
  • Braden, John B.

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This study develops a theoretical general equilibrium model to examine optimal externality tax policy in the presence of externalities linked to one another through markets rather than technical production relationships. Analytical results reveal that the second-best externality tax rate may be greater or less than the first-best rate, depending largely on the elasticity of substitution between the two externality-generating products. These results are explored empirically for the case of greenhouse gas and nitrogen emissions associated with biofuels and petroleum.

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  • Ren, Xiaolin & Fullerton, Don & Braden, John B., 2011. "Optimal taxation of externalities interacting through markets: A theoretical general equilibrium analysis," Resource and Energy Economics, Elsevier, vol. 33(3), pages 496-514, September.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:resene:v:33:y:2011:i:3:p:496-514
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    Keywords

    Second-best tax Multiple externalities Biofuel GHG emissions Nitrogen leaching;

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    • D50 - Microeconomics - - General Equilibrium and Disequilibrium - - - General
    • H23 - Public Economics - - Taxation, Subsidies, and Revenue - - - Externalities; Redistributive Effects; Environmental Taxes and Subsidies
    • Q58 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Environmental Economics - - - Environmental Economics: Government Policy

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