Environmental Economics

Why Policy Makers Don't Use Environmental Taxes

The virtues of using economic incentive systems, and taxes or charges in particular, to solve environmental problems have been reviewed countless times. This paper examines the issue from the opposite perspective. It identifies several reasons why the instrument of choice among economists has rarely, if ever, been used in practical policy making. The intent of the paper is to increase the probability that this approach will be used in the future by focusing attention on situations in which these major impediments are either not present or can be better addressed by analysts and policy makers.

  • Keywords

    Subject:
    2. Cost-Benefit and Cost Effectiveness Analysis
    4. Economic Incentives and Other Innovative Approaches
    2. Cost-Benefit and Cost Effectiveness Analysis - Methodology
    4. Economic Incentives and Other Innovative Approaches - Pollution Fees/Charges/Taxes
    4. Economic Incentives and Other Innovative Approaches - Trading and Marketable Permits
    Environmental Media:
    f. Multimedia
    Authors:
    Arnold, Frank S.
    EPA Project Officer/ Manager:
    Carlin, Alan
    Geographic Area:
    Study Purpose:
    Methodology Development & Evaluation, Policy Evaluation
    Inventory Record #: EE-0312
  • Participating Organizations

    Research Organization:

    Environmental Law InstituteAddress: 1616 P Street NW
    City: Washington State: DC ZIP: 20036
    Phone: Fax:
    E-mail:
    Funding Organization:
    Environmental Protection Agency, Office of Policy, Planning and Evaluation, Economy and Environment DivisionAddress:
    City: State: ZIP:
    Phone: Fax:
    E-mail:
  • Report Details
    Type:
    Draft
    Date:
    01/06/1994
    Number of Pages:
    56
    Comment:
    Grant/Contract #:
    CR-820539-01
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