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Green Tax Reform and Competitiveness

  • Koskela, Erkki
  • Schöb, Ronnie
  • Sinn, Hans-Werner

This paper studies a revenue-neutral green tax reform that substitutes energy for wage taxes in an open economy with unemployment. As long as the labour tax rate exceeds the energy tax rate, such a reform will increase employment, reduce the domestic firms’ unit cost of production and hence increase international competitiveness and output of the economy. The driving force behind these results is the technological substitution process that a green tax reform will bring about. The resulting reduction in unemployment is welfare increasing since energy, which the country has to buy at its true national opportunity cost, is replaced with labour, whose price is above its social opportunity cost.

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Paper provided by The Research Institute of the Finnish Economy in its series Discussion Papers with number 731.

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Length: 15 pages
Date of creation: 2000
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Handle: RePEc:rif:dpaper:731
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