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A Note on Weak Double Dividends

Gilbert E. Metcalf
  • 1Tufts University,
/ Mustafa H. Babiker
  • 2Arab Planning Institute,
/ John Reilly
  • 3MIT,
Published Online: 2004-02-23 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.2202/1538-0653.1275

Abstract

A weak double-dividend is the proposition that the welfare improvement from a green tax reform, where the revenue from an environmental tax is used to reduce other tax rates, must be greater than the welfare improvement from a reform where the environmental taxes are returned in a lump sum fashion. We show in this note that a weak double-dividend need not hold in a world with multiple distortions. In an economy with multiple distortions one must choose carefully which tax rates to reduce, or one can do worse than a lump sum redistribution of the environmental tax revenues.

Keywords: environmental tax policy; second-best taxation; general equilibrium analysis

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Published Online: 2004-02-23



Citation Information: Topics in Economic Analysis & Policy, ISSN (Online) 1538-0653, DOI: https://doi.org/10.2202/1538-0653.1275. Export Citation

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