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Environmental Policy and Growthwhen Environmental Awarenessis Endogenous

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  • Karine Constant
  • Marion Davin

This paper examines the relationship between environmental policy and growth whengreen preferences are endogenously determined by education and pollution. We consideran environmental policy in which the government implements a tax on pollution andrecycles the revenue to fund pollution abatement activities and/or an education subsidy(influencing green behaviors). When the sensitivity of agents’ environmental preferencesto pollution and human capital is high, the economy can converge to a balanced growthpath equilibrium with damped oscillations. We show that this environmental policy canboth remove the oscillations, associated with intergenerational inequalities, and enhancethe long-term growth rate. However, this solution requires that the revenue from the taxrate must be allocated to education and direct environmental protection simultaneously.We demonstrate that this type of mixed-instrument environment policy is an effectiveway to address environmental and economic issues in both the short and the long run

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Paper provided by LAMETA, Universtiy of Montpellier in its series Working Papers with number 16-08.

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Length: 35 pages
Date of creation: Aug 2016
Handle: RePEc:lam:wpaper:16-08
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