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The political economy of green taxes: The Belgian experience

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This article deals with the main problems encountered with the implementation of the ecotax law in Belgium. Ecotaxes are product taxes on drink containers, throw-away products, packaging of certain industrial goods, pesticides and fytopharmaceutical products, paper and batteries. The implementation of these taxes is supervised by a special commission of experts. It proves to be a complex tax, where fiscal, political and institutional problems are serious barriers that have to be overcome. Copyright Kluwer Academic Publishers 1996

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  • M. Clercq, 1996. "The political economy of green taxes: The Belgian experience," Environmental & Resource Economics, Springer;European Association of Environmental and Resource Economists, vol. 8(3), pages 273-291, October.
  • Handle: RePEc:kap:enreec:v:8:y:1996:i:3:p:273-291 DOI: 10.1007/BF00339078
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    fiscality; public choice; economic instruments;

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