Sustainable Growth and Environmental Policies

27 Pages Posted: 3 Aug 2000

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Santiago J. Rubio

University of Valencia - Department of Economic Analysis

Juana Aznar

University of Valencia - Department of Economic Analysis

Date Written: October 1999

Abstract

A model of ecologically sustainable endogenous growth is presented, in which environmental quality has a positive influence on individual welfare and on the productivity of capital. The effect of different environmental policies on the long-run growth of the economy is studied in the framework of this model. The results establish that an optimal policy which taxes production and subsidies pollution abatement has a favourable effect on environmental quality, and could increase the growth rate if the positive external effects of the environment on the productivity are important. Furthermore, it is shown that this kind of environmental policy is neutral in budgetary terms, i.e. tax receipts are equal to subsidies. Finally, it is demonstrated that a policy based on emission control will only have a positive effect on the growth rate if the initial level of environmental quality is sufficiently low.

Keywords: Sustainable Growth, External Effects, Pigouvian Taxes, Emission Standards

JEL Classification: H23, O41, Q28

Suggested Citation

Rubio Jorge, Santiago J. and Aznar, Juana, Sustainable Growth and Environmental Policies (October 1999). FEEM Working Paper No. 25.00. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=229272 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.229272

Santiago J. Rubio Jorge (Contact Author)

University of Valencia - Department of Economic Analysis ( email )

Avda. de los Naranjos s/n
46022 Valencia
Spain
+34963828219 (Phone)
+34963828249 (Fax)

Juana Aznar

University of Valencia - Department of Economic Analysis

Campus de los Naranjos
46022 Valencia
Spain

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