This report updates earlier work by Metcalf and Weisbach (2009) on design considerations for a national carbon tax. It maintains that 75 to 85 percent of US greenhouse gas emissions could reasonably be covered by a carbon tax. In contrast to the earlier paper, it argues that natural gas should be taxed downstream, given the large fraction of marketed gas that does not go through processing plants. The report also describes various approaches to setting the tax rate on emissions and suggests that a Pigouvian approach where the tax rate is periodically updated to reflect new estimates of the social cost of carbon (and other greenhouse gases) reasonably approximates the optimal nonlinear carbon tax. Finally, it discusses the interplay between federal and state carbon pricing policies.
Journal Article — Jan 16, 2020
Measuring the Macroeconomic Impact of Carbon Taxes
Using new data on European carbon taxes, Gilbert Metcalf and James Stock find that there is no robust evidence of a negative effect on employment or GDP growth from carbon pricing.
Press Release — Nov 12, 2019
New Episode of Resources Radio: “Carbon Pricing Proposals in Today's Congress, with Marc Hafstead”
Marc Hafstead offers insight on the numerous carbon pricing proposals that have been introduced in the US Congress.
Carbon Pricing Proposals in Today's Congress, with Marc Hafstead
In a special crossover episode with CSIS' Energy 360° podcast, Marc Hafstead analyzes the recent cluster of carbon pricing proposals that have been introduced in the US Congress.