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Working paper

Carbon Taxation, Prices and Household Welfare in New Zealand (WP 04/23)

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Tuesday, 25 September 2007
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D57 - General Equilibrium and Disequilibrium: Input-Output Tables and Analysis
H23 - Taxation and Subsidies: Externalities; Redistributive Effects; Environmental Taxes and Subsidies
H31 - Fiscal Policies and Behavior of Economic Agents: Household

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This paper examines the effects on consumer prices of a range of carbon taxes in New Zealand, using information about inter-industry transactions and the use of fossil fuels by industries.


We should like to thank Statistics New Zealand, in particular Jeremy Webb, for making available its monetary and physical estimates of fuel use by industry. This information is from the Statistics New Zealand Energy Flow Account report that will be published in March 2004. We are also grateful to Iris Claus for help with the Input-Output data, and Peter Wilson for comments on an earlier version.


The views, opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this Working Paper are strictly those of the authors. They do not necessarily reflect the views of the New Zealand Treasury. The New Zealand Treasury takes no responsibility for any errors or omissions in, or for the correctness of, the information contained in this Working Paper. The paper is presented not as policy, but to inform and stimulate wider debate.

Last updated: 
Wednesday, 24 October 2007