Publication type: Article in scientific journal
Type of review: Peer review (publication)
Title: Environmental tax reform : efficiency and political feasibility
Authors: Felder, Stefan
Schleiniger, Reto
DOI: 10.1016/S0921-8009(02)00109-X
Published in: Ecological Economics
Volume(Issue): 42
Issue: 1-2
Pages: 107
Pages to: 116
Issue Date: 2002
Publisher / Ed. Institution: Elsevier
ISSN: 0921-8009
Language: English
Subjects: Computable general equilibrium model; Political feasability; Cost efficiency; Environmental tax reform
Subject (DDC): 330: Economics
333.7: Land, natural recreational areas
Abstract: Although market-based environmental measures like uniform CO2 taxes reach a given standard at minimal cost, they do not prevail in real world policies. An efficiency oriented environmental policy fails, as it involves a redistribution of pollution rights, resulting in a strong and generally effective opposition of the groups that forego economic rents. The present paper analyzes the trade-off between efficiency and political feasibility of several CO2 tax and reimbursement schemes, using a computable general equilibrium model of Switzerland. The simulation results indicate that a policy combining a uniform CO2 tax with differentiated labor subsidies preventing intersectoral redistribution is a better solution for the tradeoff than the presently existing tax schemes in various countries.
Fulltext version: Published version
License (according to publishing contract): Licence according to publishing contract
Departement: School of Management and Law
Organisational Unit: Center for Energy and Environment (CEE)
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