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Optimal Environmental Charges/Taxes: Easy to Estimate and Surplus-yielding

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The estimation of the optimal charges/taxes on environmental disruption and the financing of the spending on the abatement of environmental disruption are important practical problems. This paper shows that, for most cases where some abatement is desirable, both the estimation and the financing problems may be easily solved. It is desirable to charge disruption (at least) at the marginal cost of abatement (which is easier to estimate than the marginal damage of disruption) and such a charge will normally yield total revenue in excess of the amount of abatement spending. Copyright Kluwer Academic Publishers 2004

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  • Yew-Kwang Ng, 2004. "Optimal Environmental Charges/Taxes: Easy to Estimate and Surplus-yielding," Environmental & Resource Economics, Springer;European Association of Environmental and Resource Economists, vol. 28(4), pages 395-408, August.
  • Handle: RePEc:kap:enreec:v:28:y:2004:i:4:p:395-408
    DOI: 10.1023/B:EARE.0000036770.21797.16
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    1. Yew-Kwang Ng, 2010. "The Taxation of External Costs," Chapters,in: Famous Figures and Diagrams in Economics, chapter 15 Edward Elgar Publishing.
    2. Ng, Yew-Kwang, 2007. "Eternal Coase and external costs: A case for bilateral taxation and amenity rights," European Journal of Political Economy, Elsevier, vol. 23(3), pages 641-659, September.
    3. Rousseau, Sandra & Telle, Kjetil, 2010. "On the existence of the optimal fine for environmental crime," International Review of Law and Economics, Elsevier, vol. 30(4), pages 329-337, December.

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