Tax Sustainability in an EU and International Context

With this book, you will gain unique insights and a wider perspective on the impact of taxes on sustainable development in the European Union and worldwide. Based on multidisciplinary analyses, it takes an in-depth look at how tax systems can help or hinder the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals. A must-read for public finance experts, tax experts and sustainable development experts.

Why this book?

This book brings together the observations made at the 2019 GREIT conference in Lund, Sweden. The conference focused on the question: How can tax systems contribute to sustainable development? Leading international and European tax law researchers, public finance experts and business administration experts tackled this question against the backdrop of the UN 2030 Agenda on Sustainable Development. The aim was to determine how the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) might impact tax policy design at the national and EU levels.

This raises a host of thought-provoking questions: Should tax systems help achieve the SDGs by taking a more proactive Pigouvian role? Are progressive taxes and redistribution needed to eradicate poverty, reduce inequalities and increase social inclusion? Are tax incentives a good idea for promoting sustainable production and reducing waste and pollution? How about introducing a CO2 tax? These and other questions are thoughtfully analysed in this valuable reference resource.


  • Unique insights into the impact of taxes on sustainable development
  • Compilation of observations made at the GREIT conference
  • Thoughtful analysis of the key questions concerning the interaction between tax systems and sustainable development


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This book is part of the GREIT Series

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Jasna Bogovac, Cécile Brokelind, Marian Dobranschi, Karina Kim Egholm Elgaard, Carlo Garbarino, Sigrid Hemels, Peter Koerver Schmidt, Jonas Kyrönviita, Mateusz Lewandowski, Yvette Lind, Wouter Lips, Marek Litzman, Richard Lyal, Irma Johanna Mosquera Valderrama, Danuse Nerudová, Katarina Nordblom, Daniela Oprescu, Joana Pedroso, Begoña Pérez-Bernabeu, Alice Pirlot, Agustin Redonda, Pernilla Rendahl, Petr Rozmahel, Amanda Sonnerfeldt, Frans Vanistendael, Servaas van Thiel.

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