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Fueling the Automobile: An Economic Exploration of Early Adoption of Gasoline over Ethanol

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  • Dimitri Carolyn

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  • Effland Anne

    (USDA-ERS)

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When the automobile was developed near the beginning of the last century, it was the relatively new fuel gasoline, not the familiar ethanol that became the fuel of choice. We examine the intersections of the early development of the automobile and the petroleum industry and consider the state of the agriculture sector during the same period. Through this process, we find a series of influences, such as relative prices and alternative markets, that help to explain how in the early years of automobile development, gasoline won out over the equally likely technical alternative ethanol. We also examine the industrial relations in the automobile industry that seem to have influenced the later adoption of leaded gasoline, rather than ethanol, as a solution to the problem of engine knock.

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  • Dimitri Carolyn & Effland Anne, 2007. "Fueling the Automobile: An Economic Exploration of Early Adoption of Gasoline over Ethanol," Journal of Agricultural & Food Industrial Organization, De Gruyter, vol. 5(2), pages 1-21, December.
  • Handle: RePEc:bpj:bjafio:v:5:y:2007:i:2:n:11
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    3. Rico, Julieta A. Puerto & Mercedes, Sonia S.P. & Sauer, Ildo L., 2010. "Genesis and consolidation of the Brazilian bioethanol: A review of policies and incentive mechanisms," Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews, Elsevier, vol. 14(7), pages 1874-1887, September.

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