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How Far for a Buck? Tax Differences and the Location of Retail Gasoline Activity in Southeast Chicagoland

  • Mark D. Manuszak

    (Federal Reserve Board of Governors)

  • Charles C. Moul

    (Miami University)

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    We exploit variation in gasoline and cigarettes taxes in adjacent political jurisdictions for northern Illinois and Indiana to examine consumers' trade-off between prices and travel. We develop a model that relates activity in the retail gasoline industry around the tax borders to consumer locations. Our results indicate that the willingness of a typical Chicagoland consumer to travel an additional mile to buy gasoline corresponds to about $0.065 to $0.084 per gallon. According to our estimates, the observed area of Chicago, the jurisdiction with the highest taxes, is missing approximately 40% of the capacity that would exist were taxes equalized. Copyright by the President and Fellows of Harvard College and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

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    Article provided by MIT Press in its journal The Review of Economics and Statistics.

    Volume (Year): 91 (2009)
    Issue (Month): 4 (November)
    Pages: 744-765

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