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SEMINAR: The use of economic instruments for environmental policy in OECD countries



Start Date

30 Sep 2015 5:30 pm

End Date

30 Sep 2015 6:30 pm


Aurora Lecture Theatre, IMAS Waterfront Building, Castray Esplanade, Hobart

An Economic Society of Australia - Tasmanian BranchINC and
Institute for the Study of Social Change seminar

presented by Nils Axel Baathen,
Principal Administrator, OECD's Environment Directorate

Environmental taxes and emission trading systems are by far the most cost-effective instruments to address many environmental problems. This was empirically documented in an OECD study on "Effective Carbon Prices" co-financed by Australia a couple of years ago. However, politically it is often easier to apply various subsidies or regulations, in spite of their many inefficiencies. So there is a large scope to broaden the current use of environmental taxes and emission trading systems.

Nils Axel Braathen will describe and discuss the current use of various instruments for environmental policy, focussing in particular on energy taxation in OECD and selected partner countries.

He will present new evidence on the income distribution and sectoral competitiveness impacts of carbon taxes and trading systems, he will discuss the costs to society of various instruments used to address climate change, and he will present recent and ongoing OECD work that might give countries a better basis to set tax rates that better reflect the magnitude of the relevant environmental externalities.

Nils Axel Braathen has been with the OECD since 1996. Prior to joining the OECD, he was Deputy Director General in the Department for Long-term Planning and Policy Analysis in the Ministry of Finance, Norway. He is in Australia in September to present at the 16th Global Conference on Environmental Taxation at UTS, Sydney.

Event details

When | Wednesday 30 September 2015, 5.15pm for a 5.30pm start

Where | Aurora Lecture Theatre, IMAS Waterfront Building, Castray Esplanade

Cost | Free. All welcome.

Seminar flyer (PDF 244.8KB)


Institute for Social Change
University of Tasmania
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