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International Fuel Tax Assessment

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  • Ian W.H. Parry
  • Jon Strand

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Gasoline and diesel fuel are heavily taxed in many developed and some emerging and developing countries. Outside of the United States and Europe, however, there has been little attempt to quantify the external costs of vehicle use, so policymakers lack guidance on whether prevailing tax rates are economically efficient. This paper develops a general approach for estimating motor vehicle externalities, and hence corrective taxes on gasoline and diesel, based on pooling local data with extrapolations from U.S.evidence. The analysis is illustrated for the case of Chile, though it could be applied to other countries.

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Paper provided by International Monetary Fund in its series IMF Working Papers with number 11/168.

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Date of creation: 01 Jul 2011
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Handle: RePEc:imf:imfwpa:11/168

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Keywords: Chile; Economic models; Excise taxes; Oil; Oil consumption; Taxation; Transport; Energy; road; fuel economy; trucks; gasoline tax; fuel tax; truck; road damage; diesel fuel; fuel consumption; vehicle mile; roads; tailpipe emissions; vehicle miles; fuel price; gasoline demand; traffic accidents; vehicle use; road maintenance; rush hour; global pollution; motor vehicle; congestion costs; vehicle emission; gasoline combustion; public roads; air pollution; road space; traffic engineering; trucking; passenger vehicles; ozone exposure; fuel efficiency; gasoline prices; traffic congestion; vehicle occupants; nitrogen oxides; acute mortality; turnpike; road class; congestion charging; passenger vehicle; public transport; gasoline price; road traffic; road capacity; urban air quality; vehicle occupant; fossil fuel; commercial vehicles; automobile use; acute bronchitis; motor vehicles; gasoline vehicle; gasoline diesel; catalytic converters; traffic volume; minivans; restricted activity days; road deaths; congestion pricing; abatement technologies; traffic safety; fuel taxation; car pool; hospital admissions; asthma attacks; road accidents; chronic bronchitis; gasoline consumption; car ownership; road transport; road maintenance expenditures; traffic counts;

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