An analysis of the efficacy of fuel taxation for pollution control in South Africa

SOURCE: Fuel taxes and the poor: the distributional effects of gasoline taxation and their implications for climate policy
OUTPUT TYPE: Chapter in Monograph
PUBLICATION YEAR: 2012
TITLE AUTHOR(S): M.Chitiga, R.Mabugu, E.Ziramba
SOURCE EDITOR(S): T.Sterner
KEYWORDS: CLIMATE CHANGE, PETROLEUM GAS, POLLUTION, TAXATION
DEPARTMENT: Economic Perfomance and Development (EPD)
Print: HSRC Library: shelf number 7215

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Abstract

This chapter investigates whether fuel expenditures are regressive or progressive in South Africa. This would then suggest whether a fuel tax would be an effective or desirable instrument for pollution control. The study also investigates alternative price reforms for different types of fuel to ascertain their distributional effects on different households.