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Should pollution taxes be targeted at income redistribution?

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This paper analyses optimal corrective taxation and optimal income redistribution. Under general utility functions, the Pigouvian pollution tax is higher if pollution damages disproportionally hurt the poor due to equity weighting of pollution damages. Moreover, optimal pollution taxes should be set below the Pigouvian tax if the poor spend a disproportionate fraction of their income on polluting goods. However, if preferences for commodities are of the Gorman (1961) polar form, optimal pollu...

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Institution:
University of Oxford
Division:
Social Sciences Division
Department:
Economics
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Author
Publisher:
CESifo
Host title:
CESifo Working Paper Series
Series:
CESifo Working papers
Issue:
6599
Publication date:
2017-08-16
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pubs:931133
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uuid:f4e70a94-4b70-49c0-9559-5b6e1c223c41
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pubs:931133
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931133
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2019-05-16

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