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Designing Carbon Taxation Schemes for Automobiles: A Simulation Exercise for Germany

  • Adamos Adamou

    (University of Cyprus)

  • Sofronis Clerides

    (University of Cyprus and CEPR)

  • Theodoros Zachariadis

    (Cyprus University of Technology)

Vehicle taxation based on CO2 emissions is increasingly being adopted worldwide in order to shift consumer purchases to low-carbon cars, yet little is known about the effectiveness and overall economic impact of these schemes. We focus on feebate schemes, which impose a fee on high-carbon vehicles and give a rebate to purchasers of low-carbon automobiles. e estimate a discrete choice model of demand for automobiles in Germany and simulate the impact of alternative feebate schemes on emissions, consumer welfare, public revenues and firm profits. The analysis shows that a well-designed scheme can lead to emission reductions without reducing overall welfare.

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Paper provided by Fondazione Eni Enrico Mattei in its series Working Papers with number 2011.96.

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