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Assessing the effectiveness of California's “Replace Your Ride”

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  • Sheldon, Tamara L.
  • Dua, Rubal

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We analyze the effectiveness of California's “Replace Your Ride” policy, a pilot program that gives subsidies to lower income households in the greater Los Angeles area to retire older vehicles and replace them with newer, cleaner vehicles. Using a differences in differences strategy to compare changes in new vehicle purchase probabilities between income eligible and ineligible households before and after the implementation of the program, we find that in 2015, upwards of 44% of plug-in electric vehicle and 78% of hybrid vehicle purchases under the program were additional.

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  • Sheldon, Tamara L. & Dua, Rubal, 2019. "Assessing the effectiveness of California's “Replace Your Ride”," Energy Policy, Elsevier, vol. 132(C), pages 318-323.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:enepol:v:132:y:2019:i:c:p:318-323
    DOI: 10.1016/j.enpol.2019.05.023
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    Keywords

    Clean vehicles; Air pollution; Transportation policy;
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    JEL classification:

    • H23 - Public Economics - - Taxation, Subsidies, and Revenue - - - Externalities; Redistributive Effects; Environmental Taxes and Subsidies
    • Q52 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Environmental Economics - - - Pollution Control Adoption and Costs; Distributional Effects; Employment Effects
    • Q58 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Environmental Economics - - - Environmental Economics: Government Policy
    • R48 - Urban, Rural, Regional, Real Estate, and Transportation Economics - - Transportation Economics - - - Government Pricing and Policy

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