Future Pain at the Diesel Pump? Potential Effects of the European Commission’s Energy Taxation Proposal

25 Pages Posted: 7 Sep 2011

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Manuel Frondel

RWI Leibniz Institute for Economic Research ; Ruhr University Bochum (RUB)

Colin Vance

Rheinisch-Westfälisches Institut für Wirtschaftsforschung (RWI)

Date Written: September 1, 2011

Abstract

The Energy Tax Directive recently proposed by the European Commission envisages to tax fuels based on their energy content. By raising prices for diesel to a level higher than that of petrol, this proposal would eliminate the price advantage currently enjoyed by diesel in most EU Member States. To explore the implications of such a tax regime for automobile travel, the present analysis undertakes a comparative analysis of price elasticities for both fuel types. Drawing on household panel data from Germany, we fail to reject the hypothesis that the fuel price elasticities for petrol and diesel are equal. With our uniform fuel price elasticity estimates being on the order of -0.5 to -0.42, the typical finding from the empirical literature that the elasticities gleaned from household-level data are generally larger than those from aggregate time-series data is reconfirmed.

Keywords: fuel price elasticities, household data, automobile travel, panel

JEL Classification: L98, Y10

Suggested Citation

Frondel, Manuel and Vance, Colin, Future Pain at the Diesel Pump? Potential Effects of the European Commission’s Energy Taxation Proposal (September 1, 2011). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1923594 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1923594

Manuel Frondel

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Colin Vance (Contact Author)

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