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RE: [GreenYes] RE: Recycling's Future and Pigovian taxes
Re Pigovian etymology:

My guess is "A. C. Pigou, The Economics of Welfare (4th ed.; London:
Macmillan, 1932)."

This apparent source of "Pigovian" appears in a footnote to Chapter 5,
"Private and Social Cost," of 

Buchanan, James M. Cost and Choice: An Inquiry in Economic Theory.
Indianapolis, IN: Liberty
          Fund, Inc., 1999. [Online] available from
; accessed
26 February 2002
I'm not sure about the pronunciation.

BTW, despite the fact that we were unaware of this term, the City of San
Jose established a Disposal Facility Tax of $13 per ton in 1992.  It has had
the unintended effect of fostering diversion in various ways, some better
than others.  California also allows a host fee of $3.00 per ton to be
charged on waste entering a city or county.

Skip Lacaze
Civic Services Manager
Integrated Waste Management Division
Environmental Services Department
777 N 1st Street, Suite 300
San Jose, CA 95112

voice:	408/277-3994
fax:	408/277-3669
100% San Jose. Recycle where you Live, Work and Play

-----Original Message-----
Date: Tue, 26 Feb 2002 17:39:47 -0500
From: "Pete Pasterz" <>
Subject: RE: [GreenYes] RE: Recycling's Future and Pigovian taxes

Thanks, you happen to know the etymology of the word?

>>> "Aluotto, Jeffrey" <> 02/26/02 04:05PM
Correct me if I'm wrong, but a Pigovian tax would be a tax on each unit of a
"wrong" (as opposed to a good) produced by a certain activity.  These taxes
are typically used for correcting situations where externalities exist and
to provide an economic, as opposed to regulatory, means of reducing the
negative activity.  Most often applied to pollution cases.  In this case, a
pigovian tax on waste would be on each ton, cubic yard, etc. of waste


- -----Original Message-----
From: Wayne Turner [] 
Sent: Tuesday, February 26, 2002 2:05 PM
Would someone care to enlighten me about what a Pigovian tax is?

>>> "Reindl, John" <> 02/26/02 09:39AM >>>
As noted in earlier email notes, several European countries are using
Pigovian taxes on solid waste disposal, including both landfills and
incinerators. ...
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