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Qualitative Effects of Cash-For-Clunkers Programs

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  • Miravete, Eugenio J
  • Moral Rincón, Maria J

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We document how automobile scrappage incentives similar to the ‘2009 Car Allowance Rebate System’ (cars) may influence drivers’ tastes in favor of fuel-efficient automobiles. Between 1994 and 2000 the market share of diesel automobiles doubled after Spanish government sponsored two scrappage programs. We show that demand for diesel automobiles was not driven only by better mileage; that gasoline and diesel models became closer substitutes over time; and that automobile manufacturers reduced their markups on gasoline automobiles as their demand decreased. These programs simply accelerated a change of preference that was already on its way when they were implemented.

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Paper provided by C.E.P.R. Discussion Papers in its series CEPR Discussion Papers with number 7517.

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Date of creation: Oct 2009
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Handle: RePEc:cpr:ceprdp:7517

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Keywords: Diesel Technology; Diffusion of New Durable Goods; Fuel Efficiency; Scrappage Programs;

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  1. Müller, Andrea & Heimeshoff, Ulrich, 2013. "Evaluating the Causal Effects of Cash-for-Clunkers Programs in Selected Countries: Success or Failure?," Annual Conference 2013 (Duesseldorf): Competition Policy and Regulation in a Global Economic Order 79802, Verein für Socialpolitik / German Economic Association.

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