'Green Tax Reform and Employment Double Dividend in Australia: Challenges and the Way Forward

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Presenter:  Maruf Rahman Maxim

Date: Sep 15, 2017

Time: 11:00am to 12:00pm

Contact person:  LEBA-Research
T: 8946 6156
E: lebaresearch@cdu.edu.au

Location:  CDU Waterfront Campus, Darwin, Lecture Theatre 5.03

Confirmation of Candidature - Doctor of Philosophy (PHD)


We are living in an era that is experiencing the devastation of global warming in the backdrop of tremendous economic growth. This era can also be marked for technological revolution and the rise of artificial intelligence. But all this human accomplished growth and progress have come at a cost. The world has enough scientific evidence to suggest that human produced greenhouse gases (GHGs) are almost certainly responsible for this rapid temperature rise and climate change. Fortunately, due to the combined effort of intellectual and scientific community, global paradigm has been shaped by carbon pricing, Kyoto Protocol and recently by Paris Agreement, and started shifting towards a more sustainable growth regime. Nevertheless, any effort to curb emission of GHGs through pricing mechanism almost always faced political backlash. For mass acceptance of an economic policy in regards to curbing emission requires additional benefit/s along with the environmental one. This is where my PhD research will contribute to the existing body of literature by exploring the possibility of yielding a second dividend (employment) that can be reaped through effective environmental policy mixes in Australia. This line of reasoning has been studied in the literature under Employment Double Dividend (EDD) hypothesis. The current literature however is far from holistic and requires further exploration for wider acceptance. My research will address those uncharted gaps in the literature and significantly aid the policy makers in developing socially acceptable instruments to address the environmental issues of GHG emission. Given the current global macroeconomic trend, the idea of a system that can kill two birds (pollution and unemployment) with one stone is a breath of fresh air and that is what I aspire to achieve through my research.


Maxim Rahman is a graduate with distinction of Western Sydney University and has achieved several awards for academic excellence (including Dean’s medal). He worked as a Senior Lecturer at East West University, Bangladesh before embarking his journey as a PhD researcher at CDU. Along with teaching, he has worked as a consultant in various World Bank funded projects. Maxim is a member of Golden Key International Honour Society and Finance & Treasury Association (FTA), Australia. He has a wide array of research interests including environmental taxation, behavioural finance, portfolio management and education. Outside his academic career, he is an avid musician and often derives research inspirations from musical theories.


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