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International Fuel Tax Assessment: An Application to Chile

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  • Ian W.H. Parry

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Gasoline and diesel fuel are heavily taxed in many developed and some emerging and developing countries. Outside of the United States and Europe, however, there has been little attempt to quantify the external costs of vehicle use, so policymakers lack guidance on whether prevailing tax rates are economically efficient. This paper develops a general approach for estimating motor vehicle externalities, and hence corrective taxes on gasoline and diesel, based on pooling local data with extrapolations from U.S.evidence. The analysis is illustrated for the case of Chile, though it could be applied to other countries.

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  • Mr. Jon Strand & Ian W.H. Parry, 2011. "International Fuel Tax Assessment: An Application to Chile," IMF Working Papers 2011/168, International Monetary Fund.
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    Keywords

    WP; motor vehicle; gasoline tax; diesel tax; externalities; optimal tax; welfare gains; Chile; fuel economy elasticity; truck damage estimate; vehicle fuel economy improvement; truck externality; gasoline price elasticity; fuel economy increase; gasoline elasticity; Fuel tax; Public expenditure review; Gasoline; Fuel prices; Global;
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    JEL classification:

    • Q48 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Energy - - - Government Policy
    • Q58 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Environmental Economics - - - Environmental Economics: Government Policy
    • R48 - Urban, Rural, Regional, Real Estate, and Transportation Economics - - Transportation Economics - - - Government Pricing and Policy
    • H21 - Public Economics - - Taxation, Subsidies, and Revenue - - - Efficiency; Optimal Taxation

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