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The Political Economy of Environmental Taxes

By: Nicholas Wallart

Edward Elgar

Hardback | Nov 1999 | #101305 | ISBN: 1840641851
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Providing a global look at the issue of environmental taxation, Wallart, a researcher in the department of political economy at the University of Geneva in Switzerland, offers economic analysis of an environmental tax system as well as practical policy suggestions for concerns such as the design of policy instruments, the allocation of tax revenues, and how to make environmental taxes acceptable to industry, politicians, and voters. Frequent examples of successful programs illustrate his suggestions.


Part 1 Why environmental taxes?: solutions to environmental problems; comparison of instruments. Part 2 Models of environmental taxes: Pigouvian taxes and the internalization of external costs; the twofold rationale of the charges and standards approach; other environmental taxes. Part 3 The acceptability of environmental taxes: two categories of opposition; voting for environemental taxes; industry opposition. Part 4 Using the tax revenues: the possible uses of the tax revenues; distributional impact; comparison between the different uses.

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