How Large Are Global Energy Subsidies?

 
Author/Editor: David Coady ; Ian W.H. Parry ; Louis Sears ; Baoping Shang
 
Publication Date: May 18, 2015
 
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Summary: This paper provides a comprehensive, updated picture of energy subsidies at the global and regional levels. It focuses on the broad notion of post-tax energy subsidies, which arise when consumer prices are below supply costs plus a tax to reflect environmental damage and an additional tax applied to all consumption goods to raise government revenues. Post-tax energy subsidies are dramatically higher than previously estimated, and are projected to remain high. These subsidies primarily reflect under-pricing from a domestic (rather than global) perspective, so even unilateral price reform is in countries’ own interests. The potential fiscal, environmental and welfare impacts of energy subsidy reform are substantial.
 
Series: Working Paper No. 15/105
Subject(s): Energy sector | Subsidies | Energy prices | Consumption taxes | Fiscal reforms | Sensitivity analysis

 
English
Publication Date: May 18, 2015
ISBN/ISSN: 9781513532196/1018-5941 Format: Paper
Stock No: WPIEA2015105 Pages: 42
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