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Green consumption taxes on meat in Sweden

Säll, Sarah and Gren, Ing-Marie (2012). Green consumption taxes on meat in Sweden. Uppsala: (NL, NJ) > Dept. of Economics, Sveriges lantbruksuniversitet. Working paper series / Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Department of Economics ; 2012:10

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This paper designs and evaluates the environmental impacts of a tax on meat consumption in Sweden which reflects environmental damage at the margin. Three meat products are included, cattle, chicken and pork, and three pollutants generating environmental damages; green house gases, nitrogen, and phosphorus. The calculated unit taxes on meat products correspond to 28%, 26%, and 40% of the price per kg of beef, pork, and poultry in 2009. Consumer responses to the taxes are calculated by means of econometric estimates of a linear demand system of the meat products. The results indicate relatively high own price and income elasticities of the meat products and complementarity in consumption. A simultaneous introduction of taxes on all three meat products can decrease emission of GHG, nitrogen, phosphorus and ammonia by at least 27%. If only one meat product can be taxed, a tax on pork meat gives the largest reductions in emission of all pollutants, which to a large extent is explained by the high complementarity in consumption.

Authors/Creators:Säll, Sarah and Gren, Ing-Marie
Title:Green consumption taxes on meat in Sweden
Series Name/Journal:Working paper series / Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Department of Economics
Year of publishing :6 December 2012
Number of Pages:31
Place of Publication:Uppsala
Publisher:Dept. of Economics, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences
Publication Type:Report
Full Text Status:Public
Agris subject categories.:P Natural resources > P01 Nature conservation and land resources
X Agricola extesions > X70 Economics and management
Subjects:(A) Swedish standard research categories 2011 > 5 Social Sciences > 502 Economics and Business > Economics
Keywords:environmental meat tax, environmental impacts, Sweden
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ID Code:9294
Department:(NL, NJ) > Dept. of Economics
Deposited By: Ing-Marie Gren
Deposited On:14 Dec 2012 09:15
Metadata Last Modified:02 Dec 2014 10:53

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