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A possible role for discriminatory fuel duty in reducing the emissions from road transport: Some UK evidence

  • David C Broadstock


    (Research Institute of Economics and Management (RIEM), Southwestern University of Finance and Economics, Sichuan, China and Surrey Energy Economics Centre (SEEC), School of Economics, University of Surrey, UK.)

  • Xun Chen

    (Research Institute of Economics and Management (RIEM), Southwestern University of Finance and Economics, Sichuan, China)

In this paper it is shown that the relative demands for UK Gasoline and Diesel fuels are price responsive. Given differing emissions based externalities from these two fuel types, it is contended that discriminatory fuel duty might be a means to reduce these externalities. Results are derived from an Almost Ideal Demand System with time varying technological progress, estimated using a bootstrap procedure given non-normalities and relative small sample sizes.

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Paper provided by Surrey Energy Economics Centre (SEEC), School of Economics, University of Surrey in its series Surrey Energy Economics Centre (SEEC), School of Economics Discussion Papers (SEEDS) with number 136.

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Length: 18 pages
Date of creation: Feb 2012
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Publication status: Published in Applied Economics Letters, 320(6), 2013, pp. 544–548. (Revised Version)
Handle: RePEc:sur:seedps:136
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