Environmental Economics

The Economy and the Environment Report

Some government programs impose a net cost on the population either through taxes or higher prices while at the same time generate environmental damage. By reforming these programs, it may be possible to save taxpayers money and also to improve the environment. Unlike traditional environmental programs that involve inherent tradeoffs, these opportunities appear to offer net societal benefits from curtailing their level in a manner that would promote environmental protection. The report focusses on four case studies: timber subsidies, irrigation subsidies, agricultural subsidies, and policies that raise sugar prices. There is also a brief overview of mining and grazing subsidies

  • Keywords

    4. Economic Incentives and Other Innovative Approaches
    4. Economic Incentives and Other Innovative Approaches - Pollution Fees/Charges/Taxes
    4. Economic Incentives and Other Innovative Approaches - Subsidies
    Environmental Media:
    f. Multimedia
    Viscusi, W. Kip
    Forrest, Anne
    EPA Project Officer/ Manager:
    Carlin, Alan
    Geographic Area:
    United States
    Study Purpose:
    Empirical Application, Data Development
    Inventory Record #: EE-0557
  • Participating Organizations

    Research Organization:

    Duke University and the Environmental Law InstituteAddress:
    City: State: ZIP:
    Phone: Fax:
  • Report Details
    Number of Pages:
    Grant/Contract #:
    CR823604 and CR822795
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