Analyzing the Impact of Green Tax on Emission of Pollution and Health Index in Iran: A Simultaneous Equations Model

Document Type : Original Article


Department of Economics, Faculty of Economics and Political Sciences, Shahid Beheshti University


In the process of sustainable development, the relationship between environment, health and economic growth is very important. So, although economic growth can improve health indicators, reducing the quality of the environment can have negative effects on society health indicators. As well as a result, in the context of the market mechanism, in the case where there are negative externalities, Pareto optimal condition is not occur and induce market failure. In this case, the government by lay tax on each unit of pollutant, can improves the quality of the environment and health index in society. In this study, the effects of green taxes on emissions of pollution and health index in Iran, analyzed using a two-stage least square technique and system of simultaneous equations, during the period (1989-2014). The results of the model indicate that green tax will reduce pollutant. Also, simultaneously reducing emissions of pollution will increase the health index.


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