Aspects of the Theory of Environmental Policy in Developing Countries
Amitrajeet A. Batabyal
Rochester Institute of Technology
University of Texas at San Antonio - College of Business - Department of Economics
Discrete Dynamics in Nature and Society, Vol. 7, No. 1, pp. 53-58, 2002
We examine two issues pertaining to the conduct of environmental policy in developing countries (DCs). First, when faced with a self-financing constraint, should an environmental authority (EA) raise/lower pollution taxes over time or should it run a deficit/surplus? Second, given recent findings regarding the time inconsistency of optimal environmental policy, should an EA make its preferences about the relative benefits of environmental protection versus production public, or should it keep its preferences private? Our paper shows that when faced with a self-financing constraint, it is optimal for the EA to run a deficit/surplus. Second, social losses are lower when this EA keeps its preferences private.
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Keywords: Developing Country, Dynamic Consistency, Environmental Policy, Taxation
JEL Classification: O29, Q28Accepted Paper Series
Date posted: March 26, 2002
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