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Distributional and Efficiency Impacts of Gasoline Taxes: An Econometrically Based Multi-market Study

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  • Antonio M Bento

    (Charles H. Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management)

  • Lawrence H Goulder

    (Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research (SIEPR))

  • Emeric Henry
  • Mark R Jacobsen

    (Department of Economics)

  • Roger H. Von Haefen

    (Agricultural and Resource Economics (ARE))

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Because of its potential to improve the environment and enhance national security, reducing automobile-related gasoline consumption has become a major U.S. public policy issue. Recently, many analysts have called for new or more stringent policies to discourage gasoline consumption. Proposals include a tightening of corporate average fuel economy (CAFE) standards and subsidies to retirements of older (gasguzzling) vehicles, as well as increments to the federal gasoline tax (...).

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Publication status: Published in American Economic Review, 2005, vol. 95, pp.282-287
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