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Title:Should green governments give priority to environmental policies over growth-enhancing policies? PDF Logo
Authors:Economides, George
Philippopoulos, Apostolis
Issue Date:2005
Series/Report no.:CESifo working papers 1433
Abstract:This paper studies the properties of second-best optimal policy in a standard general equilibrium model of growth augmented with renewable natural resources. The government chooses its policy instruments (the income tax rate and the allocation of collected tax revenues between public investment and environmental policy) to solve a Ramsey-type policy problem. The main result is that, the more the citizens care about the environment, the more growth-enhancing policies the government finds it optimal to choose in the long run. This is because when citizens care about the environment, this requires tax revenues for environmental policy and can be only achieved by large tax bases and high growth. Thus, only growing economies can afford to care about the environment. This is the case even if pollution occurs as a by-product of output produced.
Subjects:second-best policy
natural resources
economic growth
JEL:H23
O13
Q2
Document Type:Working Paper
Appears in Collections:CESifo Working Papers, CESifo Group Munich

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