FEEM working papers "Note di lavoro" series
2001 .005

Tax Reforms and Environmental Policies for Italy


Authors: Marco Stampini
Series: Climate Change and Sustainable Development
Editor: Carlo Carraro
Type: Book
Keywords: Tax reforms,environmental taxes,general equilibrium
JEL n.: H2,D62,D58
JEL: Riforme Fiscali e Politiche Ambientali
Published in: Franco Angeli
Date: 2002

Abstract

This paper focuses on the relationship between tax reforms and environmental quality in Italy. First, we analyse some of the characteristics of the tax system. Within a dynamic model, we estimate the marginal distortion introduced by different taxes and show that the system is far from being optimal, at least in terms of efficiency. We then consider some possible tax reforms, keeping into account both the effect on utility and the impact on pollution. Finally, we design a tax reform with a specific environmental goal, i.e. the reduction of polluting emissions by 10%, and show the economic effects of this policy.
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