The Macroeconomic Effects of Environmental Taxes : A Closer Look at the Feasibility of “Win-Win” Outcomes

Author/Editor:

Jenny E Ligthart

Publication Date:

May 1, 1998

Electronic Access:

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Summary:

This paper reviews recent literature on the macroeconomic effects of environmental taxes. It attempts to delineate the conditions under which a cleaner environment is compatible with attaining macroeconomic objectives, such as more employment and economic growth. The analysis reveals that an environmentally motivated fiscal reform—using the revenues from environmental taxes to cut labor taxes—may yield employment and environmental dividends if the tax burden can be shifted to agents outside the labor market, such as capitalists, transfer recipients, and foreigners. A cleaner environment and a higher rate of economic growth go hand in hand if the environment is considered an important public input into production.

Series:

Working Paper No. 98/75

English

Publication Date:

May 1, 1998

ISBN/ISSN:

9781451849707/1018-5941

Stock No:

WPIEA0751998

Format:

Paper

Pages:

35

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