Smart Taxes: An Open Invitation to Join the Pigou Club

Citation:

Mankiw NG. Smart Taxes: An Open Invitation to Join the Pigou Club. Eastern Economic Journal. 2009;35 :12-23.
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Abstract:

Many economists favor higher taxes on energy-related products such as gasoline, while the general public is more skeptical. This essay discusses various aspects of this policy debate. It focuses, in particular, on the use of these taxes to correct for various externalities—an idea advocated long ago by British economist Arthur Pigou.