Australia's Carbon Tax: An Economic Evaluation
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Australia's carbon tax has been in place since July 2012. Following the 2013 federal election and change of government, it is likely that the tax will be abolished. This paper evaluates Australia's carbon tax experience and draws lessons for policymakers in other jurisdictions who may be considering following the Australian example and implementing their own carbon taxes or cap and trade schemes. Overall, the policy was poorly thought through, badly implemented, and lacked majority public support before it began. Australia's carbon tax experience is an interesting case study in how not to go about implementing climate change policy.
© 2014 The Economic Society of Australia. Published by Blackwell Publishing. This is the pre-peer reviewed version of the following article: Australia's Carbon Tax: An Economic Evaluation, Economic Papers, Vol. 34(1), 2014, pp. 35-45, which has been published in final form at dx.doi.org/10.1111/ecaf.12061.
Public Economics- Taxation and Revenue