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Environmental Policy Making in Economies with Prior Tax Distortions

Series: New Horizons in Environmental Economics

Edited By: Lawrence H Goulder

Edward Elgar

Hardback | Jul 2002 | #136408 | ISBN: 1840647272
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In evaluating environmental policy, researchers have tended to focus on the industry or market that is targeted by regulation and to disregard policy impacts in other parts of the economy. Contemporary research indicates, however, that in economies where governments rely on distortionary taxes, environmental regulation can profoundly affect costs and efficiency in areas other than the targeted industry or market. These findings signal the importance of evaluating environmental policy using a general equilibrium framework - an approach that can capture interactions across industries, sectors or markets. General equilibrium analysis can fundamentally alter the evaluation of environmental tax policies, and can overturn conventional wisdom concerning the relative cost-effectiveness of environmental taxes, emissions quotas or mandated technologies. collection gathers together papers on the general equilibrium impacts of environmental regulation in the presence of distortionary taxes. Topics include optimal environmental taxation, "green tax reform" and the "double dividend" and the choice among alternative policy instruments.


Part 1 Survey of environmental policy making in the presence of distortionary taxes: policy analysis in the presence of distorting taxes, Ian W.H. Parry and Wallace E. Oates; environmental policy making in a second-best setting, Lawrence H. Goulder; environmental taxation and the "double dividend" - a reader's guide, Lawrence H. Goulder; green tax reforms and the double dividend - an updated reader's guide, A. Lans Bovenberg. Part 2 Optimal environmental taxation in the presence of distortionary taxes: optimal taxation in the presence of externalities, Agnar Sandmo; environmental policy, public finance and the labour market in a second-best world, A. Lans Bovenberg and Frederick van der Ploeg; environmental levies and distortionary taxation, A. Land Bovenberg and Ruud A. de Mooij; optimal environmental taxation in the presence of other taxes -general-equilibrium analyses, A. Lans Bovenberg; environmental levies and distortionary taxation - comment, Don Fullerton; environmental levies and distortionary taxation - reply, A. Lans Bovenberg; environmental taxes and pre-existing distortions - the normalization trap, Ronnie Schob; tax normalizations, the marginal cost of funds and optimal environmental taxes, Roberton C. Williams III; environmental tax interactions when pollution affects health or productivity, Roberton C. Williams III; externalities and optimal taxation, Helmuth Cremer et al. Part 3 Environmental tax reforms and the "double dividend": pollution taxes and revenue recycling, Ian W.H. Parry; effects of carbon taxes in an economy with prior tax distortions - an intertemporal general equilibrium analysis, Lawrence H. Goulder; results from the Jorgenson-Wilcoxen model reducing US carbon emissions - an econometric general equilibrium assessment, Dale W. Jorgenson and Peter J. Wilcoxen; costs of environmentally motivated taxes in the presence of other taxes - general equilibrium analyses; environmental taxes, international capital mobility and inefficient tax systems - tax burden vs. tax shifting, Ruud A. de Mooij and A. Lans Bovenberg; alleviating unemployment - the case for green tax reforms, Erkki Koskela and Ronnie Schob; tax reform, structural unemployment and the environment, A. Lans Bovenberg; tax deductions, environmental policy and the "double dividend" hypothesis, Ian W.H. Parry and Antonio M. Bento. Part 4 Environmental instrument choice in a second-best setting: environmental taxes and quotas in the presence of distorting taxes in factor markets, Ian W.H. Parry; revenue-raising versus other approaches to environmental protection - the critical significance of pre-existing tax distortions, Lawrence H. Goulder et al; when can carbon abatement policies increase welfare? the fundamental role of distorted factor markets, Ian W.H. Parry et al; environmental controls, scarcity rents and pre-existing distortions, Don Fullerton and Gilbert E. Metcalf; the cost-effectiveness of alternative instruments for environmental protection in a seco

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