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Are tax exemptions for electric cars an efficient climate policy measure?

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    This study finds that the welfare gain, excluding environmental effects, generated by increasing the Norwegian tax rate on purchase of electric cars from 8 to 37 percent amounts to approximately 5500- 6500 NOK (or 680-820 euro) per ton increase in GHG emissions in the long run. Substantial tax exemptions implies that reallocation from electric cars towards petrol and diesel powered cars generates a tax revenue gain of more than 40 billion NOK, which amounts to almost 10 percent of government consumption in 2007.

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    Paper provided by Research Department of Statistics Norway in its series Discussion Papers with number 743.

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    Date of creation: May 2013
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    Keywords: Taxation; Electric cars; CO2 emissions;

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