Title: Environmental tax reform : efficiency and political feasibility
Authors : Felder, Stefan
Schleiniger, Reto
Published in : Ecological Economics
Volume(Issue) : 42
Issue : 1-2
Pages : 107
Pages to: 116
Publisher / Ed. Institution : Elsevier
Issue Date: 2002
License (according to publishing contract) : Licence according to publishing contract
Type of review: Peer review (publication)
Language : English
Subjects : Computable general equilibrium model; Political feasability; Cost efficiency; Environmental tax reform
Subject (DDC) : 333.7: Land, recreational areas and energy
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 tradeoff 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.
Departement: School of Management and Law
Organisational Unit: Center for Energy and Environment (CEE)
Publication type: Article in scientific journal
DOI : 10.1016/S0921-8009(02)00109-X
ISSN: 0921-8009
1873-6106
URI: https://digitalcollection.zhaw.ch/handle/11475/13131
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