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Overcoming public resistance to carbon taxes

Carattini, Stefano, Carvalho, Maria and Fankhauser, Samuel ORCID: 0000-0003-2100-7888 (2018) Overcoming public resistance to carbon taxes. Wiley Interdisciplinary Reviews: Climate Change. e531. ISSN 1757-7780

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Identification Number: 10.1002/wcc.531


Carbon taxes represent a cost-effective way to steer the economy towards a greener future. In the real world, their application has however been limited. In this paper, we address one of the main obstacles to carbon taxes: public opposition. We identify drivers of and barriers to public support, and, under the form of stylized facts, provide general lessons on the acceptability of carbon taxes. We derive our lessons from a growing literature, as well as from a combination of policy “failures” and “successes”. Based on our stylized facts, we formulate a set of suggestions concerning the design of carbon taxes. We consider the use of trial periods, tax escalators, environmental earmarking, lump-sum transfers, tax rebates, and advanced communication strategies, among others. This paper aims to contribute to the policy debate, ideally leading to more success stories, and less policy failures.

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Additional Information: © 2018 the Authors
Divisions: Grantham Research Institute
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GE Environmental Sciences
H Social Sciences > HB Economic Theory
Date Deposited: 31 May 2018 10:48
Last Modified: 07 Jun 2024 23:18
Projects: P2SKP1_165028, ES/K006576/1
Funders: Swiss National Science Foundation, Economic and Social Research Council, Statkraft

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