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The Case for a Carbon Tax

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lt;p>There's a simple, straightforward way to cut carbon emissions-and we're rejecting it because of irrational political fears. That's the central argument of The Case for a Carbon Tax, a clear-eyed, sophisticated analysis of climate change policy.

Shi-Ling Hsu weighs the merits of the four major approaches to curbing CO2: cap-and-trade; command and control regulation; government subsidies of alternative energy; and carbon taxes. He does not claim that a tax is the perfect or only solution-but that unlike the alternatives, it can be implemented immediately and paired effectively with other approaches.

Hsu deftly explores the social and political factors that prevent us from embracing this commonsense approach. And he shows why we must get past our hang-ups if we are to avert a global crisis.



Shi-Ling Hsu is Professor at the University of British Columbia School of Law, where he has taught since 2004. Dr. Hsu has also been an Associate Professor at George Washington University. He has taught courses in Environmental Law, Climate Change, Law and Economics, and Property.

Prior to his academic career, Dr. Hsu was Senior Attorney and Economist for the Environmental Law Institute in Washington D.C; Deputy City Attorney in San Francisco; and practiced law with Fenwick & West in Palo Alto, California.

Professor Hsu has a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Columbia University, a J.D., from Columbia Law School, and a M.S. in Ecology and Ph.D. in Agricultural and Resource Economics, both from the University of California, Davis.



Autorentext

Shi-Ling Hsu is Professor at the University of British Columbia School of Law, where he has taught since 2004. Dr. Hsu has also been an Associate Professor at George Washington University. He has taught courses in Environmental Law, Climate Change, Law and Economics, and Property.

Prior to his academic career, Dr. Hsu was Senior Attorney and Economist for the Environmental Law Institute in Washington D.C; Deputy City Attorney in San Francisco; and practiced law with Fenwick & West in Palo Alto, California.

Professor Hsu has a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Columbia University, a J.D., from Columbia Law School, and a M.S. in Ecology and Ph.D. in Agricultural and Resource Economics, both from the University of California, Davis.



Klappentext

There's a simple, straightforward way to cut carbon emissions-and we're rejecting it because of irrational political fears. That's the central argument of The Case for a Carbon Tax, a clear-eyed, sophisticated analysis of climate change policy.

Shi-Ling Hsu weighs the merits of the four major approaches to curbing CO2: cap-and-trade; command and control regulation; government subsidies of alternative energy; and carbon taxes. He does not claim that a tax is the perfect or only solution-but that unlike the alternatives, it can be implemented immediately and paired effectively with other approaches.

Hsu deftly explores the social and political factors that prevent us from embracing this commonsense approach. And he shows why we must get past our hang-ups if we are to avert a global crisis.



Inhalt

Acknowledgments

Chapter 1. Introduction

Chapter 2. Climate Change Policy Alternatives

Carbon Taxes

Command-and-Control Regulation

Cap-and-Trade

Government Subsidies

Chapter 3. Ten Arguments for a CarbonTax

One: Economic Efficiency

Two: Excessive Formation of Capital

Three: Non-Interference with Other Regulatory Instruments or Jurisdictions

Four: Government Is Better at Reducing "Bads" Than Increasing "Goods"

Five: Incentives for Innovation-Price Effects

Six: Incentives for Innovation-Price Breadth

Seven: Administrability

Eight: International Coordination

Nine: Revenue Raising

Ten: Economic Efficiency Revisited: Prices versus Quantities under Uncertainty

Conclusion

Chapter 4. Arguments against a Carbon Tax

Political Economy Considerations

Regressiveness

Ineffectiveness

Crowding Out

Conclusion

Chapter 5. Carbon Tax Psychology

The "Do No Harm" Effect

The Identifiability Effect

The Endowment Effect

Conclusion

Chapter 6. Changing Political Fortunes?

Chapter 7. Conclusion

Endnotes

Index.

Produktinformationen

Titel: The Case for a Carbon Tax
Untertitel: Getting Past Our Hang-Ups to Effective Climate Policy
Autor:
EAN: 9781610911788
ISBN: 978-1-61091-178-8
Digitaler Kopierschutz: Adobe-DRM
Format: E-Book (pdf)
Herausgeber: Springer-Verlag GmbH
Genre: Sonstiges
Anzahl Seiten: 236
Veröffentlichung: 15.04.2012
Jahr: 2015
Auflage: 2012.
Untertitel: Englisch
Dateigrösse: 1.2 MB