Automobile Fuel Economy Standards: Impacts, Efficiency, and Alternatives

31 Pages Posted: 20 Sep 2010 Last revised: 25 May 2013

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Soren Anderson

Michigan State University - Department of Economics; Michigan State University - Department of Agricultural Economics; National Bureau of Economic Research

Carolyn Fischer

Resources for the Future

Ian W. H. Parry

Resources for the Future

James Sallee

University of Michigan at Ann Arbor

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Date Written: September 2010

Abstract

This paper discusses fuel economy regulations in the United States and other countries. We first describe how these programs affect the automobile market, including their impacts on fuel use and other dimensions of the vehicle fleet. We then review different methodologies for assessing the costs of fuel economy regulations and discuss what the results of these methodologies imply for policy. Following that, we compare the welfare effects of fuel economy regulations to those of fuel taxes and assess whether or not these two policies can be complements. Finally, we review arguments for transitioning away from fuel economy regulations towards a "feebate" system.

Suggested Citation

Anderson, Soren T. and Fischer, Carolyn and Parry, Ian W. H. and Sallee, James, Automobile Fuel Economy Standards: Impacts, Efficiency, and Alternatives (September 2010). NBER Working Paper No. w16370. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1678913

Soren T. Anderson (Contact Author)

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James Sallee

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