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Regulating Man-Made Sedimentation in Riverways

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  • Walid Marrouch
  • Bernard Sinclair-Desgagné

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Sedimentation in river beds, which results in social disamenities, is caused by soil erosion in farmed ecosystems surrounding those rivers. This paper introduces a "spatial"" corrective tax on soil erosion. We find that the optimal tax rule will depart from the classical Pigouvian method according to farmers' location in the ecosystem." La sédimentation du lit des voies navigables, dont les conséquences peuvent être coûteuses pour les populations riveraines, est souvent provoquée par l'érosion résultant des pratiques agricoles. Nous proposons un remède basé sur l'imposition d'une taxe « spatiale », variant selon la position de chaque exploitant par rapport au cours d'eau.

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  • Walid Marrouch & Bernard Sinclair-Desgagné, 2008. "Regulating Man-Made Sedimentation in Riverways," CIRANO Working Papers 2008s-04, CIRANO.
  • Handle: RePEc:cir:cirwor:2008s-04
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    Keywords

    Farming externalities; soil erosion; spatial taxes; Externalités agricoles; érosion des sols; taxes spatiales;

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    • H23 - Public Economics - - Taxation, Subsidies, and Revenue - - - Externalities; Redistributive Effects; Environmental Taxes and Subsidies
    • Q57 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Environmental Economics - - - Ecological Economics

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