Taxation and the asymmetric adjustment of selected retail energy prices in the UK
AbstractThis paper investigates the adjustment of the prices of four key petroleum products in the UK following changes in the price of crude oil. We find significant evidence that the pre-tax prices of diesel, kerosene, and gas oil adjust more rapidly in an upward than a downward direction, but that the pre-tax price of unleaded petrol adjusts symmetrically. However, these patterns are obscured at the pump once one accounts for fuel duty and value-added tax, raising the possibility that firms can use the tax system to conceal rent-seeking behaviour.
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Nonlinear ARDL (NARDL); Asymmetric gasoline price adjustment; Rockets and feathers hypothesis;
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