Are Environmental Taxes effective in curbing Air Pollution? Evidence from the United Kingdom

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Basu Roy, Sharanya and Ghosh Dastidar, Sayantan 2021. Are Environmental Taxes effective in curbing Air Pollution? Evidence from the United Kingdom. Economic Issues.
AuthorsBasu Roy, Sharanya and Ghosh Dastidar, Sayantan
Abstract

There is mounting evidence that emissions of greenhouse gases trigger harmful environmental changes which, in turn, exert immense pressure on the governments to reduce environmental damage without impeding the rate of economic growth. Consequently, the governments have been employing a variety of instruments, including taxes, at their disposal. In this context, the study examines the empirical relationship between environmental taxes and air pollution for the UK during 1997-2017 by employing Vector Autoregression method and Granger causality tests. The econometric findings indicate that only energy taxes have been successful in curbing air pollution whereas the other environmental taxes, such as, transport and pollution and resource taxes have failed to exert any significant impact on air quality. We argue that factors, such as, ineffectiveness of the landfill tax, lack of efficient waste management practices and shortcomings in the motor vehicle tax system are offsetting the impacts of the pollution and transport taxes.

Keywordsair pollution; environmental taxes; UK; time series analysis
Year2021
JournalEconomic Issues
PublisherEconomic Issues Education Trust
ISSN1363-7029
Web address (URL)http://hdl.handle.net/10545/626261
hdl:10545/626261
Publication datesSep 2021
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Deposited04 Feb 2022, 11:10
Accepted18 Sep 2021
ContributorsUniversity of Derby
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