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Double Dividend in an Endogenous Growth Model with Pollution and Abatement

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This paper discusses wether by implementing an environmental tax reform, a government may achieve a double dividend. We consider the simplest endogenous growth model (AK model) and include a negative environmental externality in the utility function. Pollution flow can be reduced by means of private abatenment activities. There is a predetermined non-optimal level of public spending financed by environmental taxes and pre-existing taxes on income and consumption. The major contribution of the paper is to show that, under this simple framework, a double dividend may arise if tax reform consists of substituing environmental tax for income tax, in such a way that the government budget constraint holds in a present value sense.

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  • Esther Fernández & Rafaela Pérez Sánchez & Jesús Ruiz, 2004. "Double Dividend in an Endogenous Growth Model with Pollution and Abatement," Economic Working Papers at Centro de Estudios Andaluces E2004/15, Centro de Estudios Andaluces.
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    Keywords

    Environmental tax reform; Double dividend; Abatement activities.;

    JEL classification:

    • H23 - Public Economics - - Taxation, Subsidies, and Revenue - - - Externalities; Redistributive Effects; Environmental Taxes and Subsidies
    • O41 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Growth and Aggregate Productivity - - - One, Two, and Multisector Growth Models
    • Q28 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Renewable Resources and Conservation - - - Government Policy

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