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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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Impacts on Income Distribution

In addition to the issue of loss of competitiveness, the issue of income distribution is often raised when environmentally related taxes are discussed. Policy makers implementing such taxes are often faced with the challenge that some taxes are regressive (progressive) in the way that the budget share of the taxed product tends to be higher (lower) for households with relatively low total household expenditure.

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