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Dalhberg, Sanna, 2017. A French meat tax : an effective climate mitigation policy?. Second cycle, A2E. Uppsala: SLU, Dept. of Economics



Since the agricultural sector is responsible for 14.5% of global greenhouse gas emissions, the mitigation potential of this sector might play a crucial role to reach the international agreed temperature target. In this study, we therefore investigated the effect of internalise the environmental effect of meat consumption in France, by implementing a Pigouvian tax levied on consumers to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. In the main analysis, we adopted a tax rate of €0.87 per kg beef, €0.21 per kg pork and €0.15 per kg poultry in the main analysis, corresponding to an increase between 4-8% of the initial price per kg per category in 2016. The reduction in demand was conducted by estimating a non-linear almost ideal demand system for meat. The result of the own-price elasticities indicated a slightly elastic demand for the three meat categories investigated. We concluded an absolute reduction of 5 198 217 metric ton carbon dioxide equivalent per year, equal to a decrease of GHG emissions by 9% per year compared to current level.

Main title:A French meat tax
Subtitle:an effective climate mitigation policy?
Authors:Dalhberg, Sanna
Supervisor:Säll, Sarah
Examiner:Hart, Robert
Series:Examensarbete / SLU, Institutionen för ekonomi
Volume/Sequential designation:1099
Year of Publication:2017
Level and depth descriptor:Second cycle, A2E
Student's programme affiliation:NM005 Environmental Economics and Management - Master's Programme 120 HEC
Supervising department:(NL, NJ) > Dept. of Economics
Keywords:Consumption tax, Greenhouse gas emissions, Climate, France, Meat demand elasticities
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Subject. Use of subject categories until 2023-04-30.:Economics and management
Deposited On:11 Jul 2017 10:39
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