The Taxation of Environmental Pollution: A Model for Tax Revenue-Environmental Quality Tradeoffs

Hung-Ming Peter Wu, Keith D. Willett


The paper analyzes the Willamette River in Oregon. Here a model (combining the least-cost model and the constraint method of multi-objective programming) is used to determine the appropriate tax rate on environmental externalities, incorporating both revenue and environmental quality objectives. The study finds the following. (1) By using the optimal tax rate, the appropriate tax revenue is determined. (2) The efficient solution set (including tax revenue and water quality considerations) is found by using differing optimal tax rates. (3) The optimal point (solution) in the efficient solution set is chosen by the geometrical argument approach and trade-off analysis approach.

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International Journal of Financial Research
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