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Optimal Differentiation of International Environmental Taxes in the Presence of National Labor Market Distortions

  • Stefan Felder
  • Reto Schleiniger
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    We explore the implication of the `doubledividend' debate for international environmentaltaxes. In our scenario, small open economies withdifferent labor market distortions follow a commonenvironmental policy and use national environmentaltax revenues to finance labor tax cuts. Since thedouble dividend hypothesis does not hold, a high labortax implies a low environmental tax relative to othercountries. The optimal differentiation ofinternational environmental taxes is proven to be afunction of the national labor tax rates and theuncompensated elasticities of labor supply. Copyright Kluwer Academic Publishers 2000

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    Article provided by Springer & European Association of Environmental and Resource Economists in its journal Environmental and Resource Economics.

    Volume (Year): 15 (2000)
    Issue (Month): 1 (January)
    Pages: 89-102

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    Handle: RePEc:kap:enreec:v:15:y:2000:i:1:p:89-102
    DOI: 10.1023/A:1008333918321
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