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Annual miles drive used car prices

  • Maxim Engers

    (Department of Economics, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, Virginia, USA)

  • Monica Hartmann

    (Department of Economics, University of St Thomas, St Paul, Minnesota, USA)

  • Steven Stern

    (Department of Economics, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, Virginia, USA)

This paper investigates whether the net benefits from owning a vehicle, proxied by annual miles driven, explain the price declines observed over a vehicle's life. We first model the household decision on how much to drive each of its vehicles. Then we empirically establish that variation in household annual miles across brands explains observed price declines. Furthermore, the effect of vehicle age on annual miles decisions (and consequently on market value) depends on household characteristics and the composition of the vehicle stock owned. Copyright © 2008 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

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Volume (Year): 24 (2009)
Issue (Month): 1 ()
Pages: 1-33

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