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An empirical analysis of gasoline price convergence for 20 OECD countries

  • Bentzen, Jan

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    (Department of Economics, Aarhus School of Business)

Two decades have passed now since the oil price shocks of the 1970s and since then energy prices have - apart from short periods of price instability - evolved relatively smoothly in the industrialized countries. Energy taxes in many countries differ markedly thereby causing differences in final energy prices, but as similar tax levels are becoming more common, e.g. in the European Union, convergence concerning energy prices might be expected to appear. In the present paper national gasoline price data covering the time period since the 1970s for a sample of OECD countries are used in order to test for this often addressed topic of convergence. The empirical part of the paper applies different time series based tests of convergence, where gasoline prices exhibit convergence for most OECD-Europe countries in the case where US$ is used for measurement of the energy prices indicating a convergence or tax harmonization process is taking place for these countries.

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Paper provided by University of Aarhus, Aarhus School of Business, Department of Economics in its series Working Papers with number 03-19.

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Length: 27 pages
Date of creation: 28 Jan 2003
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Handle: RePEc:hhs:aareco:2003_019
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