Promoting Sustainable Environmental Practices Amongst Automobile Consumers: An Evaluation of the Impacts of Pursuing Innovations in Tax Regulations

International Journal of Innovation and Regional Development, Vol. 4, No. 5, 2012, pp. 349-364

16 Pages Posted: 21 Dec 2015

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Colin Williams

University of Sheffield - School of Management

Amadeo Fuenmayor

D. of Applied Economics. University of Valencia

Sara Nadin

University of Liverpool

Sonia Dasi

University of Valencia

Date Written: 2012

Abstract

The growing importance of environmental sustainability has resulted in governments pursuing innovative regulatory changes in order to achieve this goal. The aim of this paper is to evaluate critically whether pursuing innovative regulations in the realm of environmental taxation have elicited more sustainable practices amongst automobile consumers in Spain. The finding is that the tax innovations of the Spanish government that seek to internalise externalities, namely the registration tax and fuel tax, but not the annual circulation tax, are leading automobile consumers to pursue more environmentally sustainable practices, and are also resulting in the automotive sector itself pursuing innovations in the form of strategic alliances to increase the level of product and process innovations so as to achieve greater environmental sustainability.

Keywords: automobile industry, public policy, taxation, sustainable development, innovation, Spain

JEL Classification: D21, H23

Suggested Citation

Williams, Colin and Fuenmayor Fernández, Amadeo and Nadin, Sara and Dasi, Sonia, Promoting Sustainable Environmental Practices Amongst Automobile Consumers: An Evaluation of the Impacts of Pursuing Innovations in Tax Regulations (2012). International Journal of Innovation and Regional Development, Vol. 4, No. 5, 2012, pp. 349-364, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2706196

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Amadeo Fuenmayor Fernández

D. of Applied Economics. University of Valencia ( email )

Faculty of Economics
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Spain
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Sara Nadin

University of Liverpool ( email )

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Liverpool, L69 7ZH
United Kingdom

Sonia Dasi

University of Valencia ( email )

Avda. de los Naranjos s/n
Valencia, Valencia E-46022
Spain

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