Distributional Effects of Environmental and Energy Policy

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Many effects of environmental and energy policy are likely to disproportionately burden those with low income. First, it raises the price of fossil-fuel-intensive products that constitute a high fraction of low-income budgets (like gasoline, heating fuel and electricity). Second, the handout of pollution permits to firms provides value to those who own them. Third, low-income individuals may place more value on food and shelter than on improvements in environmental quality, so high-income individuals may get the most ...

Distributional Effects of Environmental and Energy Policy 2009, Routledge

ISBN-13: 9780754627371

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