Do Market Shares or Technology Explain Rising New Vehicle Fuel Economy?

Resources for the Future Discussion Paper No. 13-29

19 Pages Posted: 19 Sep 2013

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Shefali Khanna

Harvard University, Faculty of Arts and Sciences, Students

Joshua Linn

Resources for the Future

Date Written: September 2013

Abstract

By decreasing gasoline consumption, greater fuel economy could significantly reduce environmental and energy security concerns. In this paper, we show that since the year 2000, technology and market shares have contributed roughly equally to rising new vehicle fuel economy in the United States. We discuss the implications of these patterns for the safety and welfare effects of fuel economy standards.

Keywords: corporate average fuel economy standards, passenger vehicles, fuel savings, vehicle safety, greenhouse gas emissions rate standards

JEL Classification: Q4, L62

Suggested Citation

Khanna, Shefali and Linn, Joshua, Do Market Shares or Technology Explain Rising New Vehicle Fuel Economy? (September 2013). Resources for the Future Discussion Paper No. 13-29, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2328314 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2328314

Shefali Khanna

Harvard University, Faculty of Arts and Sciences, Students ( email )

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Joshua Linn (Contact Author)

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