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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Introduction, Background and Main Findings

Experience over the last decades has proven that environmentally related taxes can be effective and efficient instruments for environmental policy. The environmental effectiveness and economic efficiency of the environmentally related taxes applied in OECD member countries could, however, be improved further if existing exemptions and other special provisions included in the taxes were scaled back, and if the tax rates were better aligned with the magnitude of the negative environmental impacts to be addressed.

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