I am a Ph.D. Candidate at the Department of Economics, University of Calgary. My primary fields of interest are Environmental Economics, Public Economics, and Applied Microeconomics.
I am on the job market this (2018-2019) year. I will be available for interviews at the CEEE meeting in Toronto and the ASSA meeting in Atlanta.
I will be presenting my paper at:
Occasional Workshop (Santa Barbara, CA US) -- November 9-10, 2018
SEA (Washington, DC, US) -- November 18-20, 2018
Job Market Paper
Environmental Tax Reform and Productivity: Lessons from Canadian Manufacturing
Draft will be posted here soon ...
This paper investigates how environmental tax reforms affect total factor productivity of manufacturing. I focus on British Columbia’s revenue-neutral carbon tax implemented in 2008. I develop a new hypothesis to show that revenue-neutral carbon tax can positively affect productivity by recycling tax revenues to reduce corporate income tax (CIT) rates. A simple model demonstrates both carbon tax and revenue-recycling increase investment in abatement. However, because carbon tax alone reduces productivity despite such investment, the net productivity gain is only possible when the revenue-recycling positively affects productivity and completely offsets the negative carbon tax effect. I empirically test this hypothesis using detailed micro-level data. I find that the carbon tax lowers productivity at almost all affected plants, although this is slightly offset by the revenue-recycling. At aggregate, the declines in productivity corresponds to output reductions by $440 million while the CIT reduction saved output by $25 million, which is only about 0.15% of BC’s total manufacturing GDP.
"Jobs and Climate Policy: Evidence from British Columbia's Revenue-Neutral Carbon Tax,"
Journal of Environmental Economics and Management, 83 (2017) pp. 197-216.
"Comparing Applied General Equilibrium and Econometric Estimates of the Effect of an Environmental Policy Shock" with Jared C. Carbone, Nicholas Rivers, and Hidemichi Yonezawa
Revise & Resubmit at Journal of the Association of Environmental and Resource Economist
Please visit Research page of my website for more.
Japanese version of my website (日本語ページはこちらへ）
Last updated: October 2018
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Department of Economics
University of Calgary
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Dr. M. Scott Taylor
Dr. Kenneth J. McKenzie
Dr. Jared C. Carbone