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Optimum Commodity Taxation with a Non-Renewable Resource

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  • Julien Daubanes
  • Pierre Lasserre

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Under standard assumptions, optimum commodity taxation (OCT) should target non-renewable resources (NRRs) in priority. NRRs should be taxed at a higher rate than otherwise-identical conventional commodities. NRR substitutes and complements should receive a particular tax treatment. When reserves are endogenous, OCT for NRRs distorts both developed reserves, which are reduced, and their depletion, which is slowed down. Reserves are a form of capital and royalties tax its income: our results contradict Chamley’s conclusion that capital should not be taxed in the long run. In a NRR-importing economy, Ramsey taxes are further increased because they allow the capture of foreign rents.

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  • Julien Daubanes & Pierre Lasserre, 2015. "Optimum Commodity Taxation with a Non-Renewable Resource," CESifo Working Paper Series 5270, CESifo Group Munich.
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    Keywords

    optimum commodity taxation; inverse elasticity rule; non-renewable resources; Hotelling resource; supply elasticity; demand elasticity; capital income taxation;

    JEL classification:

    • Q31 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Nonrenewable Resources and Conservation - - - Demand and Supply; Prices
    • Q38 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Nonrenewable Resources and Conservation - - - Government Policy (includes OPEC Policy)
    • H21 - Public Economics - - Taxation, Subsidies, and Revenue - - - Efficiency; Optimal Taxation

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