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An Economic Analysis of a Change in an Excise Tax


  • John M. Barron
  • Kelly Hunt Blanchard
  • John R. Umbeck


The authors present an example of the effect a change in the excise tax can have on retail gasoline prices. The findings provide support for standard economic theory, as well as provide a vehicle for illustrating some of the subtleties of the analysis, including the implicit assumptions regarding the implications for the buying and selling prices of middlemen.

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  • John M. Barron & Kelly Hunt Blanchard & John R. Umbeck, 2004. "An Economic Analysis of a Change in an Excise Tax," The Journal of Economic Education, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 35(2), pages 184-196, April.
  • Handle: RePEc:taf:jeduce:v:35:y:2004:i:2:p:184-196
    DOI: 10.3200/JECE.35.2.184-196

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    1. Silvia Louis & Taylor Christopher T., 2016. "Gasoline and Diesel Tax Incidence: The 2003 Washington State Nickel Funding Package," The B.E. Journal of Economic Analysis & Policy, De Gruyter, vol. 16(3), pages 1539-1562, September.

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