Miscellaneous 2017

Tax and the environment: An evaluation framework for tax policy reform - Group Delphi study

Source: Australian Tax Forum Journal Article

Published Date: 1 Feb 2017


This paper reports on the Delphi Study undertaken by the authors in the development of a tax policy analysis framework that can be utilised to evaluate the effectiveness of Environmental Tax Measures (ETMs), building that framework from a critical assessment of the menu of factors advanced as possibilities in the prior literature. The ETMs are more commonly referred to as tax concessions or subsidies and are a form of tax expenditure used by governments to intervene in markets and influence the behaviour of particular taxpayers or industries. Such concessions need to be evaluated to assess their efficiency and effectiveness among other criteria.

The Delphi Study was undertaken by bringing together an international group of expert environmental taxation scholars (the Reference Group) to participate in a Roundtable held during the 16th Global Conference on Environmental Taxation at UTS in September 2015. This is a variation on the Group Delphi method. While the Delphi method is traditionally based on anonymity, the Group Delphi assembles the expert panel to take part in a structured communication process using rotating subgroups to address the relevant questionnaire(s) (applying Likert scaling) and open questions, building consensus and defining disagreement by employing plenary discussions between iterations to foster peer review.

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