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Taxation, Innovation and the Environment

By Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development OECD

“Green growth” policies have the potential to stimulate economic growth while preventing environmental degradation, biodiversity loss, and unsustainable natural resource use. OECD governments are increasingly using environmentally related taxes as policy tools.

This book explores some of the key issues raised by the use of environmentally related taxes: Do they in fact reduce pollution and spur innovation? If so, what types of innovation result? Ultimately, does the design and use of such taxes play a critical role in stimulating greener growth?

These questions are analyzed using case studies from Japan, Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, and Israel. The book covers a wide set of environmental issues and technologies, as well as the economic and public policy contexts and considerations. The research methods range from econometric analysis to interviews with business owners and executives. The book also explores the use of environmentally related taxes in OECD countries and outlines considerations for policymakers when implementing them.

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