Fuel Tourism in Dutch Border Regions: Are Only Salient Price Differentials Relevant?

29 Pages Posted: 24 Sep 2016

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David-Jan Jansen

De Nederlandsche Bank

Nicole Jonker

De Nederlandsche Bank (DNB); De Nederlandsche Bank

Date Written: August 25, 2016

Abstract

Using detailed data on consumer payments, we find only limited evidence that fluctuations in cross-border fuel price differentials are relevant for Dutch consumers. Consumers living close to the German border did react to a salient increase in Dutch excise fuel duties in January 2014. However, the increase of fuel tourism was only temporary. Secondly, there are no robust indications that fuel tourism is relevant for Dutch consumers living further than 10 kilometres from either the border with Belgium or Germany. The apparent absence of fuel tourism may either be explained by the widespread use of loyalty cards or by the low level of international commuting by Dutch workers.

Keywords: fuel tourism, consumer data, payment diaries, excise duties

JEL Classification: D12, H23, Q41

Suggested Citation

Jansen, David-Jan and Jonker, Nicole, Fuel Tourism in Dutch Border Regions: Are Only Salient Price Differentials Relevant? (August 25, 2016). De Nederlandsche Bank Working Paper No. 519. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2842609 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2842609

David-Jan Jansen

De Nederlandsche Bank ( email )

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Netherlands

HOME PAGE: http://sites.google.com/site/djansenresearch

Nicole Jonker (Contact Author)

De Nederlandsche Bank (DNB) ( email )

P.O. Box 98
Amsterdam, 1000 AB
Netherlands

De Nederlandsche Bank ( email )

PO Box 98
1000 AB Amsterdam
Amsterdam, 1000 AB
Netherlands

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