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Diesel price convergence and mineral oil taxation in Europe


  • Axel Dreher
  • Tim Krieger


We empirically analyse convergence of European producer and consumer prices for diesel fuel and investigate the role of excise taxation. By comparing the speed of convergence of prices and taxes we find a surprisingly fast speed of convergence for consumer prices. While this can in part be explained by fuel tourism, the main driving force is producer price dynamics. Tax convergence contributes weakly to price convergence, but the overall effect is to slow down consumer relative to producer price convergence.

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  • Axel Dreher & Tim Krieger, 2010. "Diesel price convergence and mineral oil taxation in Europe," Applied Economics, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 42(15), pages 1955-1961.
  • Handle: RePEc:taf:applec:v:42:y:2010:i:15:p:1955-1961
    DOI: 10.1080/00036840701749076

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    1. Kossov, Vladimir & Kossova, Elena, 2013. "The normal price. The case of the retail price of diesel fuel," MPRA Paper 48667, University Library of Munich, Germany, revised 12 Oct 2013.
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    JEL classification:

    • F15 - International Economics - - Trade - - - Economic Integration
    • H7 - Public Economics - - State and Local Government; Intergovernmental Relations
    • Q48 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Energy - - - Government Policy
    • C2 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Single Equation Models; Single Variables


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