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Environmental Taxes on Exhaustible Resources

  • Amundsen, E.S.
  • Schob, R.

Environmental problems are tied to the use of exhaustible resources. A resource tax extracts rents from the resource owning countries, whitout creating significant incentives for consumers to reduce their resource consumption. The placement of the tax burden on resource owners affects the international distribution of wealth. In this paper we show that it is optimal for small countries who do not coordinate their national environmental policies, to impose a time-variant Pigovian tax.

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Paper provided by Department of Economics, University of Bergen in its series Norway; Department of Economics, University of Bergen with number 192.

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Length: 19 pages
Date of creation: 1999
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Handle: RePEc:fth:bereco:192
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