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Measuring Fossil Fuel Subsidies

Author(s): Ambrus Bárány and Dalia GrigonytÄ—

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The fall in energy prices has opened a window of opportunity for governments in both developed and developing countries to reform subsidy schemes for fossil fuels, which worldwide cost an estimated USD 1.9 trillion a year. Careful reforms would not only strengthen public finances but reduce economic distortions and help lower C02 emissions. This Economic Brief aims to shed some light on the true magnitude and allocation of fossil fuel subsidies so as to enable comparisons between countries and regions.


(ECFIN Economic Briefs 40. March 2015. Brussels. pdf. 13pp. Graph. Bibliogr. )

KC-AY-15-040-EN-N (online)
ISBN 978-92-79-44936-9 (online)
ISSN 1831-4473 (online)
doi: 10.2765/85991 (online)

JEL classification: H230, Q480

ECFIN economic briefs are occasional working papers by the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Economic and Financial Affairs which provide background to policy discussions.

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