Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/128413
Authors: 
Borck, Rainald
Brueckner, Jan K.
Year of Publication: 
2016
Series/Report no.: 
CESifo Working Paper 5711
Abstract: 
This paper presents the first investigation of the effects of optimal energy taxation in an urban spatial setting. Rather than exploring the effects of a carbon tax, our approach is to derive the supplements to existing taxes that are needed to support the social optimum. We then analyze the effects of these taxes on urban spatial structure. Emissions are generated by housing consumption and commute trips, and the optimal tax structure has a tax on commuting, housing floor space, and land. These taxes reduce the extent of commuting and the level of housing consumption while increasing building heights, generating a more-compact city with a lower level of emissions per capita.
Subjects: 
emissions
energy
taxation
monocentric city
JEL: 
Q58
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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