Although the future extent and effects of global climate change remain uncertain, the expected damages are t zero, and risks of serious environmental and macroecomic consequences rise with increasing atmospheric greenhouse gas concentrations. Despite the uncertainties, reducing emissions w makes sense, and a carbon tax is the simplest, most effective, and least costly way to do this. At the same time, a carbon tax would provide substantial new revenues which may be badly needed, given historically high debt-to-GDP levels, pressures on social security and medical budgets, and calls to reform taxes on personal and corporate income. This book is about the practicalities of introducing a carbon tax, set against the broader fiscal context. It consists of thirteen chapters, written by leading experts, covering the full range of issues policymakers would need to understand, such as the revenue potential of a carbon tax, how the tax can be administered, the advantages of carbon taxes over other mitigation instruments and the environmental and macroecomic impacts of the tax. A carbon tax can work in the United States. This volume shows how, by laying out sound design principles, opportunities for broader policy reforms, and feasible solutions to specific implementation challenges.
Ian Parry is Principal Environmental Fiscal Policy Expert in the Fiscal Affairs Department of the IMF Adele Morris is a fellow and policy director for Climate and Energy Economics at the Brookings Institution. Roberton C. Williams III is a Professor in the Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics at the University of Maryland, Senior Fellow and Director of Academic Programs at Resources for the Future, and a Research Associate of the National Bureau of Economic Research.
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40 black & white illustrations, 21 black & white tables, 40 black & white line drawings
Adele Morris, Ian Parry, Kevin A. Hassett, Roberton C. Williams