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Environmental Taxation and the Structure of the Eco-industry

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  • Maia David
  • Alain-Désiré Nimubona
  • Bernard Sinclair-Desgagné

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We examine the e®ect of an emission tax when the abatement good or service is supplied by an imperfectly competitive eco-industry with free entry. We show that a higher tax always increases the number of ¯rms in the eco-industry whereas it has an ambiguous e®ect on indi- vidual and total output in the eco-industry. We derive the condition under which total abatement may actually decrease with the emission tax. We then study the policy implications of these results in terms of optimal tax levels.

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  • Maia David & Alain-Désiré Nimubona & Bernard Sinclair-Desgagné, 2007. "Environmental Taxation and the Structure of the Eco-industry," Working Papers 2007/02, INRA, Economie Publique.
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    1. Omar O. Chisari & Sebastián J. Miller, 2014. "Does Firm Heterogeneity Impact the Effectiveness of Carbon Taxes? Experiments in Argentina and Mexico," IDB Publications (Working Papers) 6606, Inter-American Development Bank.
    2. Omar O. Chisari & Sebastián J. Miller, 2014. "Does Firm Heterogeneity Impact the Effectiveness of Carbon Taxes? Experiments in Argentina and Mexico," IDB Publications (Working Papers) 86256, Inter-American Development Bank.

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    Keywords

    Eco-industry; Environmental tax; Horizontal mergers;

    JEL classification:

    • D62 - Microeconomics - - Welfare Economics - - - Externalities
    • H23 - Public Economics - - Taxation, Subsidies, and Revenue - - - Externalities; Redistributive Effects; Environmental Taxes and Subsidies
    • L11 - Industrial Organization - - Market Structure, Firm Strategy, and Market Performance - - - Production, Pricing, and Market Structure; Size Distribution of Firms

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