Reforming the Tax System to Promote Environmental Objectives: An Application to Mauritius
Resources for the Future Discussion Paper No. 11-20
46 Pages Posted: 19 May 2011
Date Written: May 17, 2011
Fiscal instruments are potentially among the most effective, and cost-effective, options for addressing externalities related to poor air quality, urban road congestion, and greenhouse gases. This paper takes a case study, focused on Mauritius (a pioneer in the use of green taxes) to illustrate how existing taxes, especially on fuels and vehicles, could be reformed to better address these externalities. We discuss, in particular, an explicit carbon tax; a variety of options for reforming vehicle taxes to meet environmental, equity, and revenue objectives; and a progressive transition to usage-based vehicle taxes to address congestion.
Keywords: Mauritius, green taxes, global warming, congestion, vehicle taxes
JEL Classification: Q56, Q58, H23, R48
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