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Tuesday, April 24 • 10:35am - 10:55am
A Policy Analysis Of British Columbia’s Revenue Neutral Carbon Tax

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This paper provides a policy analysis of the British Columbia Revenue Neutral Tax Program, framed through the Effectiveness, Efficiency, and Equity model. Effectiveness is defined as how well the tax solves the environmental issue of carbon pollution and the associated negative effects; Efficiency is determined by whether or not the benefits of the tax program outweigh the costs; Equity will be accessed by examining the distribution of the program’s cost and benefits amongst the population of British Columbia. Implemented in 2008, the carbon tax has been praised for simultaneously cutting back the carbon emissions of the province without inhibiting economic growth. The tax is now being used as a model for a Pan-Canadian carbon reduction program, which was implemented in January of 2018. The goal of the analysis is to determine if the carbon tax program accomplishes its goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions whilst maintaining the social and economic welfare of the province it affects. The analysis is conducted through a thorough literature review of past environmental tax incentive programs and modern analyses of the British Columbia Revenue Neutral Program, with additional statistical support. The study finds that the carbon tax program is ultimately successful in its goal and provides an overall good example for programs of a similar nature, given that the economics of the region are taken into account.


Tuesday April 24, 2018 10:35am - 10:55am PDT
035 Karpen Hall