TITLE

The fiscal implications of climate change and policy responses

AUTHOR(S)
Ekins, Paul; Speck, Stefan
PUB. DATE
March 2014
SOURCE
Mitigation & Adaptation Strategies for Global Change;Mar2014, Vol. 19 Issue 3, p355
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
This paper is concerned with the implications of climate change, and government policies to address it, for countries' fiscal systems at the national level. Given the uncertainties associated with climate change and countries' responses to it, the article can do no more than review and suggest some of the major issues of likely importance for fiscal sustainability and how they might be addressed. First the paper defines fiscal sustainability and addresses some general issues related to countries' attempts to adapt to or mitigate climate change. It then works through a number of more specific issues, discussing policies such as the implementation of environmental taxes or other instruments for the mitigation of climate change. The assessment of the impacts of such policies on fiscal sustainability requires the application of sophisticated economic models, and the paper briefly explores the relative advantages of different modeling approaches in relation to the assessment of fiscal sustainability under policies to mitigate climate change. The major research need identified by the paper is for the development of macroeconomic models that will enable countries identify the wider effects of environmental taxes and help them undertake multi-year budgeting processes.
ACCESSION #
94886714

 

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