Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/86353
Authors: 
van Beers, Cees
van den Bergh, Jeroen C.J.M.
de Moor, André
Oosterhuis, Frans
Year of Publication: 
2004
Series/Report no.: 
Tinbergen Institute Discussion Paper 04-047/3
Abstract: 
Up to now a clear theoretical and methodological framework for economic-environmental analysis of environmentally damaging subsidies is lacking. Environmentally damaging subsidies are all kinds of direct and indirect subsidies aimed at achieving a certain (often non-environmental) goal that produce negative external effects to the natural environment. This article develops a transparent method to determine the environmental impact of indirect government subsidies and derive policy lessons. This method has been applied to several major subsidies in the Netherlands, namely in agriculture, energy, and transport. The results reveal large environmental effects, which need to be taken seriously by policy makers. The method enables policy makers to evaluate the environmental impacts of indirect government subsidies.
Subjects: 
subsidies
environmental economics
environmental management
policy
JEL: 
H2
Q2
Q3
Q5
Q28
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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