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Forschungszentrum für Umweltökonomik (FZU)

Research Center for Environmental Economics

Forschungszentrum für Umweltökonomik (FZU)

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Das Forschungszentrum für Umweltökonomik (FZU) am Alfred-Weber-Institut dient als gemeinsame Plattform für Ökonomen, die alle an der Schnittstelle von natürlicher Umwelt und Wirtschaft forschen. Wir nutzen theoretische, empirische und experimentelle Methoden, um die Herausforderungen nachhaltigen Umgangs mit der Umwelt besser zu verstehen und Lösungsvorschläge zu erarbeiten. Diese Webseiten bieten aktuelle Informationen zu unseren Aktivitäten und zu den verschiedenen, auch interdisziplinären, Projekten, die wir hier durchführen.

 

Aktuelles

NEUE VERÖFFENTLICHUNGEN

The paper "Public in-kind relief and private self-insurance" by Timo Goeschl and Shunsuke Managi has been accepted for publication by the journal Economics of Disasters and Climate Change.

The paper “Voluntary action for climate change mitigation does not exhibit locational preferences” (previously titled “Does Mitigation Begin At Home?) by Timo Goeschl and Johannes Diederich has been accepted for publication by the Journal of Environmental Economics and Management.

Florian Diekert’s paper (joint with T. Schweder) “Disentangling Effects of Policy Reform and Environmental Changes in the Norwegian Coastal Fishery for Cod” has just been published in Land Economics.

 

PERSONALIA

Dr. Lisa Björk  and Dr. Karlijn van den Broek have joined the Research Center as postdoctoral researchers. This team, combining environmental psychology (Karlijn) and environmental economics (Lisa), is developing the MULTITIP project on managing complex lake ecosystems, which has received seed funding from the Federal Ministry for Education and Research BMBF.

 

FZU-ZEW EnvEcon MONTHLY BROWNBAG

The next FZU-ZEW EnvEcon Monthly Brownbag will take place Tuesday, April 17th , 12:30 to 14:00 hours at the ZEW, room Heinz-Koening-Hall (HKH), L7,1 69161 Mannheim.

Title: SHOULD POLLUTION TAXES BE TARGETED AT INCOME REDISTRIBUTION?

Presenter: Frederick van der Ploeg (University of Oxford)

Abstract: This paper analyses optimal corrective taxation and optimal income redistribution. The Pigouvian pollution tax is higher if pollution damages disproportionally hurt the poor due to equity weighting of pollution damages. Moreover, under general utility functions, optimal pollution taxes should be set below the Pigouvian tax if the poor spend a disproportionate fraction of their income on polluting goods. However, if preferences for commodities are of the Gorman (1961) polar form, optimal pollution taxes should follow the first-best rule for the Pigouvian corrective tax even if the government wants to redistribute income and the poor spend a disproportional part of their income on polluting goods. The often-used quasi-linear, CES and Stone-Geary utility functions all belong to the Gorman polar class. If preferences are Gorman polar, and if pollution taxes are not optimized, Pareto-improving green tax reforms exist that move the pollution tax closer to the Pigouvian tax. Simulations demonstrate that optimal corrective taxes should be Pigouvian if the demand for polluting goods is derived from a LES demand system, but deviate from the Pigouvian taxes if demand for polluting goods demand is derived from a PIGLOG demand system.

 

 


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