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A means by which decisions or actions of government affect the behaviour of producers and consumers by causing changes in the prices to be paid for these activities. Environmental taxes fall into this category, as do direct charges for government provided environmental services. In fact the boundary between these two is rather fluid and may change noticeably over quite a short period of time.

Source Publication:
United Nations, European Commission, International Monetary Fund, Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, World Bank , 2005, Handbook of National Accounting: Integrated Environmental and Economic Accounting 2003, Studies in Methods, Series F, No.61, Rev.1, Glossary, United Nations, New York, para. 6.5.

Statistical Theme: Environmental statistics

Created on Tuesday, July 5, 2005