Optimal Pollution and Foreign-Investment Taxes in a Small Open Economy
Posted: 16 Jun 1998
This paper examines pollution and foreign-capital tax policies on the host country?s welfare when foreign-investment tax credits are absent or present in the source country. In the absence of tax credits, the optimal policy is a pollution tax with a foreign-investment tax or subsidy. The presence of tax credits may, however, result in a higher investment tax but lower pollution tax, leading to higher welfare but lower environmental quality in the host country. The source-country?s tax credits may cause a switch in the host-country?s capital subsidy to a tax, which may improve the environment.
JEL Classification: H21, Q28, Q38
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