Growth and non-renewable resources: The different roles of capital and resource taxes

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We contrast effects of taxing non-renewable resources with the effects of traditional capital taxes and investment subsidies in an endogenous growth model. In a simple framework we demonstrate that when non-renewable resources are a necessary input in the sector where growth is ultimately generated, interest income taxes and investment subsidies can no longer affect the long-run growth rate, whereas resource tax instruments are decisive for growth. The results stand out both against observations in the literature from the 1970's on non-renewable resources and taxation-observations which were not based on general equilibrium considerations-and against the general view in the newer literature on taxes and endogenous growth which ignores the role of non-renewable resources in the "growth engine"

Original languageEnglish
JournalJournal of Environmental Economics and Management
Issue number1
Pages (from-to)80-98
Publication statusPublished - 2007

    Research areas

  • Faculty of Social Sciences - non-renewable resources, endogenous growth, capital taxation, carbon taxes, climate change, optimal taxation

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