Public Choice

, Volume 119, Issue 1–2, pp 179–217 | Cite as

The Public Acceptance of Green Taxes: 2 Million Voters Express Their Opinion

  • Philippe Thalmann


In September 2000, 4.7 million Swiss citizens were invited tovote on three proposals for taxes on fossil energy. Theydiffered by tax rate and mode of revenue recycling. All threewere rejected, one by only 3.4%. I analyze the votes usingindividual data of a post-referendum survey. Few voters paid attentionto the fine differences between the proposals made.Those who did favored the smaller taxwith revenues earmarked for a wide range of subsidies. The promise of a favorable direct impact on employment made by amini green tax reform was not understood or valued. Citizenswith leftist affinities and better education were morefavorable.


Public Finance Direct Impact Good Education Fossil Energy Public Acceptance 
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  • Philippe Thalmann
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  1. 1.Swiss Federal Institute of TechnologyLausanneSwitzerland

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