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'The Gender Effects of Environmental Taxes - A Look at Carbon Taxes'

Environmental taxes and subsidies are an important part of the rapidly evolving environmental policy toolkit.  These economic instruments are conceptualized and designed to address some of the critical and complex environmental challenges we face. While there is some discussion of the distributional impacts of environmental taxes in the literature (mainly economics), the broader issue of distributive justice, fairness and equity in environmental policy-making remains largely ignored in research and policy implementation. It is counterproductive, and indeed unacceptable, to implement measures that promote environmental justice if they exacerbate other concerns, such as gender inequality, income or racial discrimination or other issues of social importance.

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