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Recycling Carbon Pricing Revenues - Webinar

Dr. Chris Ragan

The primary objective of carbon pricing is to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. But the price is only half the story. Carbon pricing can generate substantial revenue for provincial governments. How this revenue is recycled back into the economy can affect both economic and environmental objectives. The latest report by Canada's Ecofiscal Commission, Choose Wisely: Options and Trade-offs in Recycling Carbon Pricing Revenues, focuses on the costs and benefits of six revenue recycling options:

  • transferring revenue to households
  • reducing existing tax rates
  • investing in emissions-reducing innovation and technology
  • investing in critical public infrastructure
  • reducing government debt
  • providing transitional support to industry.

As priorities differ across provinces, revenue-recycling choices will differ across the country. The report concludes that household fairness and business competitiveness challenges can both be addressed with good policy, and therefore need not be an obstacle to designing and implementing carbon pricing policies.

Join Chris Ragan on June 7th as he walk you through this latest carbon pricing report on revenue recycling.

About Chris

Christopher Ragan is an Associate Professor in the Department of Economics at McGill University in Montreal. He is the Chair of Canada’s Ecofiscal Commission, launched in November 2014 with a 5-year mandate to identify policy options to improve environmental and economic performance in Canada. Most recently, he was appointed to the Advisory Council on Economic Growth for the Federal Department of Finance. He is also a Research Fellow at the C.D. Howe Institute. From 2010 to 2013, Ragan held the Institute’s David Dodge Chair in Monetary Policy and for many years was a member of the Institute’s Monetary Policy Council. During 2009-10, he served as the Clifford Clark Visiting Economist at Finance Canada, and in 2004-05 he served as Special Advisor to the Governor of the Bank of Canada. Chris Ragan was the President of the Ottawa Economics Association from 2009 through 2011.