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The Price of Energy Efficiency in the Spanish Car Market

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  • Ibon Galarraga

    () (Basque Centre for Climate Change (Bilbao, Spain), University of the Basque Country (UPV-EHU)(Spain) and Economics foro Energy)

  • Ana Ramos

    () (Rede (Universidade de Vigo) and Economics for Energy)

  • Josu Lucas

    (Basque Centre foro Climate Change (Bilbao, Spain))

Abstract

Due to climate change, energy dependence and other energy-related issues, most developed countries are attempting to reduce fossil-fuel use in the transport sector. Accordingly, there are several instruments that have been in place for many years, such as mandatory design standards, taxes on fuels, car purchase and ownership, and energy efficiency labels. Yet it is still not clear whether consumers value energy efficiency as a characteristic of vehicles. In this paper we use the European labelling system for light vehicles, which classifies automobiles according to their relative fuel consumption levels, as a novel, alternative indicator for energy efficiency. Moreover, we use a unique database that incorporates official commercial prices along with prices obtained through Ômystery shoppingÕ at a selection of Spanish car retailers. We apply the hedonic price method to this database to estimate the price functions for vehicles and thereby obtain the marginal price of high-rated vehicles in terms of energy efficiency. Our results show that automobiles labelled A and B are sold at prices 2.1 to 9.0 percent higher than those of vehicles with similar characteristics but lower energy-efficiency labels.

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  • Ibon Galarraga & Ana Ramos & Josu Lucas, 2012. "The Price of Energy Efficiency in the Spanish Car Market," Working Papers 02-2013, Economics for Energy.
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    Keywords

    Spain; transport; energy; efficiency; hedonic methods;

    JEL classification:

    • Q41 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Energy - - - Demand and Supply; Prices
    • Q48 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Energy - - - Government Policy
    • R41 - Urban, Rural, Regional, Real Estate, and Transportation Economics - - Transportation Economics - - - Transportation: Demand, Supply, and Congestion; Travel Time; Safety and Accidents; Transportation Noise

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