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The Political Economy of Environmentally Related Taxes

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Based on experience in OECD countries, this book provides a comprehensive discussion of the effectiveness of environmentally related taxes, of recent research on the environmental and economic impacts of applying them, an on their potential for wider use. In particular, it looks at how to overcome obstacles to their implementation. It also discusses the environmental and economic effects of combining such taxes with other instruments for environmetal policy.

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Current Use of Environmentally Related Taxes

All OECD member countries apply several environmentally related taxes – according to the definition agreed between OECD, IEA and the European Commission (see Box 2.1). A database operated in co-operation between OECD and the European Environment Agency (EEA) currently details about 375 such taxes in OECD member countries – plus some 250 environmentally related fees and charges in the same countries.

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