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The Ethanol Trap: Why Policies to Promote Ethanol as Fuel Need Rethinking

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  • Doug Auld

    (University of Guelph)

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Government support for ethanol production is expensive for governments and costly for consumers.

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  • Doug Auld, 2008. "The Ethanol Trap: Why Policies to Promote Ethanol as Fuel Need Rethinking," C.D. Howe Institute Commentary, C.D. Howe Institute, issue 268, July.
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    2. de Gorter, Harry & Drabik, Dusan & Just, David R., 2010. "On the EU–U.S. Biodiesel ‘Splash & Dash' Controversy: Causes, Consequences and Policy Recommendations," 2010 Annual Meeting, July 25-27, 2010, Denver, Colorado 61425, Agricultural and Applied Economics Association.
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    9. Weseen, Simon & Hobbs, Jill & Kerr, William A., 2014. "Reducing Hold-up Risks in Ethanol Supply Chains: A Transaction Cost Perspective," International Food and Agribusiness Management Review, International Food and Agribusiness Management Association (IFAMA), vol. 17(2).

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    Keywords

    economic growth and innovation; ethanol fuel;

    JEL classification:

    • O33 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Innovation; Research and Development; Technological Change; Intellectual Property Rights - - - Technological Change: Choices and Consequences; Diffusion Processes
    • O38 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Innovation; Research and Development; Technological Change; Intellectual Property Rights - - - Government Policy

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