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Corporate average fuel economy standards and the market for new vehicles

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  • Thomas H. Klier
  • Joshua Linn

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This paper presents an overview of the economics literature on the effect of Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) standards on the new vehicle market. Since 1978, CAFE has imposed fuel economy standards for cars and light trucks sold in the U.S. market. This paper reviews the history of the standards, followed by a discussion of the major upcoming changes in implementation and stringency. It describes strategies that firms can use to meet the standards and reviews the CAFE literature as it applies to the new vehicle market. The paper concludes by highlighting areas for future research in light of the upcoming changes to CAFE.

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Paper provided by Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago in its series Working Paper Series with number WP-2011-01.

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Date of creation: 2011
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Handle: RePEc:fip:fedhwp:wp-2011-01

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Keywords: Fuel ; Energy consumption ; Automobiles - Prices;

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  1. Kim, Jinwon, 2012. "Endogenous Vehicle-Type Choices in a Monocentric City," MPRA Paper 47589, University Library of Munich, Germany.

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