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On Environmental Taxation under Uncertainty

  • Blomquist, Sören


    (Department of Economics)

  • Aronsson, Thomas


    (Department of Economics)

This paper addresses optimal taxation, when the relationship between consumption and environmental damage is uncertain and treated as a random variable by policy makers. The main purpose is to analyze how additional uncertainty about this relationship affects the optimal unit tax on the consumption good that is causing environmental damage. We find that the optimal response to this tax depends on (i) the attitudes towards risk and (ii) how other policy instruments affect the demand for the good that is causing damage to the environment.

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Paper provided by Uppsala University, Department of Economics in its series Working Paper Series with number 1999:14.

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Length: 15 pages
Date of creation: 10 Aug 1999
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Publication status: Published in Environmental and Resource Economics, 2003, pages 183-196.
Handle: RePEc:hhs:uunewp:1999_014
Contact details of provider: Postal: Department of Economics, Uppsala University, P. O. Box 513, SE-751 20 Uppsala, Sweden
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