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Paying for PollutionWhy a Carbon Tax is Good for America$
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Gilbert E. Metcalf

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9780190694197

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2019

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780190694197.001.0001

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So You Want a Carbon Tax: How Do You Design It?

So You Want a Carbon Tax: How Do You Design It?

(p.99) Chapter 7 So You Want a Carbon Tax: How Do You Design It?
Paying for Pollution

Gilbert E. Metcalf

Oxford University Press

This chapter reviews the nuts and bolts of implementing a carbon tax. Invoking principles of administrative simplicity, ease of compliance, and avoidance of design features that dilute the price signal, it gives practical advice on who should be responsible for collecting the tax and remitting it to the government. It explains how the tax should handle the possibility that we can capture and permanently store carbon dioxide emissions and how we should tax emissions related to internationally traded goods so the United States is not disadvantaged in global trade. Finally, it identifies, and warns policymakers away from, various pitfalls in carbon tax design.

Keywords:   statutory incidence, tax rate, excise taxes, compliance, international competitiveness, tax administration

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