A green reform is not always green

Publication: Research - peer-reviewJournal article – Annual report year: 2012

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This paper analyses a tax reform, explicitly conceived by policy makers to be climate-friendly, that partly replaces a high vehicle registration tax by road user charging and allows for differentiation of the remaining registration tax by fuel efficiency. A microeconomic framework is proposed to analyse such a reform. For the case of Denmark, the analysis shows that the reform is likely to yield a significant and robust welfare gain. However, it seems not unlikely that CO2 emissions from passenger cars may increase as a result of the reform.

Original languageEnglish
JournalTransportation Research. Part C: Emerging Technologies
Publication dateMay 2013
Volume30
Pages210-220
ISSN0968-090X
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StatePublished
CitationsWeb of Science® Times Cited: 0

Keywords

  • Congestion, Road user charging, Tax reform, CO2, Welfare economics, Registration tax
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