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Behavioral and Distributional Effects of Environmental Policy

Carlo Carraro and Gilbert E. Metcalf


Most people would agree that it makes sense to tax a company that pollutes in a way that directly reflects the amount of environmental and social damage it has done. Yet in practice, such taxes are fraught with difficulty and have far-reaching implications. A company facing a new tax may lay off workers, for example, exacerbating an unemployment problem. This volume focuses on such external issues and examines in detail the trade-offs involved in designing policies to deal with environmental problems. Reflecting the broad nature of the subject, the contributors include leading economists in th ... More

Keywords: taxes, environmental damage, social damage, unemployment, public finance, industrial organization, trade theory, environmental policy, location decisions, compliance costs

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Print publication date: 2000 Print ISBN-13: 9780226094816
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: February 2013 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226094809.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Carlo Carraro, editor

Gilbert E. Metcalf, editor

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