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Welfare-reducing growth despite individual and government optimization

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  • Siang Ng

    () (Department of Economics, Monash University, Clayton, Australia 3168)

  • Yew-Kwang Ng

    () (Department of Economics, Monash University, Clayton, Australia 3168)

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In the presence of substantial relative-income effects and environmental disruption effects, economic growth may be welfare-reducing even if each and all individuals are optimizing and eagerly trying to make more money and the government also maximizes the welfare of individuals by the choice of income-tax rate and the ratio devoted to the abatement of environmental disruption. Welfare-reducing growth may be avoided if environmental disruption may be directed taxed at low costs and/or government spending on public goods is not environmentally disruptive.

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  • Siang Ng & Yew-Kwang Ng, 2001. "Welfare-reducing growth despite individual and government optimization," Social Choice and Welfare, Springer;The Society for Social Choice and Welfare, vol. 18(3), pages 497-506.
  • Handle: RePEc:spr:sochwe:v:18:y:2001:i:3:p:497-506 Note: Received: 2 September 1998/Accepted: 16 February 2000
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