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A Public Finance Perspective on Climate Policy: Six Interactions That May Enhance Welfare

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  • Jan Siegmeier

    (Technische Universität Berlin and Mercator Research Institute on Global Commons and Climate Change)

  • Linus Mattauch

    (Technische Universität Berlin and Mercator Research Institute on Global Commons and Climate Change)

  • Max Franks

    (Technische Universität Berlin and Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research)

  • David Klenert

    (Technische Universität Berlin and Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research)

  • Anselm Schultes

    (Technische Universität Berlin and Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research)

  • Ottmar Edenhofer

    (Technische Universität Berlin, Mercator Research Institute on Global Commons and Climate Change and Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research)

Abstract

Climate change economics mostly neglects sizeable interactions of carbon pricing with other fiscal policy instruments. Conversely, public finance typically overlooks the effects of future decarbonization efforts when devising instruments for the major goals of fiscal policy. We argue that such a compartmentalisation is undesirable: policy design taking into account such interdependencies may enhance welfare and change the distribution of mitigation costs within and across generations. This claim is substantiated by analyzing six interactions between climate policy and public finance that are insufficiently explored in current research: (i) reduced tax competition in an open economy, (ii) portfolio effects induced through climate policy, (iii) restructuring public spending, (iv) revenue recycling for productive public investment, (v) greater intragenerational equity through appropriate revenue recycling and (vi) intergenerational Pareto-improvements through intertemporal transfers. We thereby structure the hitherto identified interactions between climate change mitigation and public finance and show that jointly considering carbon pricing and fiscal policy is legitimate and mandatory for sound policy appraisal.

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  • Jan Siegmeier & Linus Mattauch & Max Franks & David Klenert & Anselm Schultes & Ottmar Edenhofer, 2015. "A Public Finance Perspective on Climate Policy: Six Interactions That May Enhance Welfare," Working Papers 2015.31, Fondazione Eni Enrico Mattei.
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    Carbon Pricing; Taxation; Public Spending; Redistribution; Policy Interactions;

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    • B41 - Schools of Economic Thought and Methodology - - Economic Methodology - - - Economic Methodology
    • H21 - Public Economics - - Taxation, Subsidies, and Revenue - - - Efficiency; Optimal Taxation
    • H23 - Public Economics - - Taxation, Subsidies, and Revenue - - - Externalities; Redistributive Effects; Environmental Taxes and Subsidies
    • H54 - Public Economics - - National Government Expenditures and Related Policies - - - Infrastructures
    • H60 - Public Economics - - National Budget, Deficit, and Debt - - - General
    • Q54 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Environmental Economics - - - Climate; Natural Disasters and their Management; Global Warming

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