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Smart Taxes: An Open Invitation to Join the Pigou Club

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Many economists favor higher taxes on energy-related products such as gasoline, while the general public is more skeptical. This essay, based on a talk given at the March 2008 meeting of the Eastern Economic Association, discusses various aspects of this policy debate. It focuses, in particular, on the use of these taxes to correct for various externalities - an idea advocated long ago by British economist Arthur Pigou.

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  • Mankiw, N. Gregory, 2009. "Smart Taxes: An Open Invitation to Join the Pigou Club," Scholarly Articles 4263740, Harvard University Department of Economics.
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    1. Bryan Caplan, 2007. "Introduction to The Myth of the Rational Voter: Why Democracies Choose Bad Policies," Introductory Chapters,in: The Myth of the Rational Voter: Why Democracies Choose Bad Policies Princeton University Press.
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