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Reacting to Greenhouse Gas Emissions: A Carbon Tax to Meet Emission Targets

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In previous papers I have described a revenue and distributionally neutral approach to reducing U.S. greenhouse gas emissions that uses a carbon tax. The revenue from the carbon tax is used to finance an environmental earned income tax credit designed to be distributionally neutral. The carbon tax reform proposal is also revenue neutral and avoids conflating carbon policy with debates over the appropriate size of the federal budget. This paper describes a variant to address concerns of environmentalists that a carbon tax does not provide certainty of emission reductions over the control period. The Responsive Emissions Autonomous Carbon Tax (REACT) combines the short-run price stability of a carbon tax with the long-run certainty of emission reductions over a control period.

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  • Gilbert Metcalf, 2009. "Reacting to Greenhouse Gas Emissions: A Carbon Tax to Meet Emission Targets," Discussion Papers Series, Department of Economics, Tufts University 0731, Department of Economics, Tufts University.
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    1. Bruce D. Meyer & Dan T. Rosenbaum, 2001. "Welfare, the Earned Income Tax Credit, and the Labor Supply of Single Mothers," The Quarterly Journal of Economics, Oxford University Press, vol. 116(3), pages 1063-1114.
    2. Kevin A. Hassett & Aparna Mathur & Gilbert E. Metcalf, 2009. "The Incidence of a U.S. Carbon Tax: A Lifetime and Regional Analysis," The Energy Journal, International Association for Energy Economics, vol. 0(Number 2), pages 155-178.
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    4. John Pezzey, 1992. "The Symmetry between Controlling Pollution by Price and Controlling It by Quantity," Canadian Journal of Economics, Canadian Economics Association, vol. 25(4), pages 983-991, November.
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