The Impact of Environmental Fraud on the Used Car Market: Evidence from Dieselgate

42 Pages Posted: 10 Dec 2020

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Itai Ater

Tel Aviv University - Coller School of Management

nir yosef

Tel Aviv University

Date Written: November 13, 2020

Abstract

This study explores how exposure of fraud committed by a durable-goods manufacturer affects secondary markets for that manufacturer’s products. Specifically, we examine the effect of Volkswagen’s 2015 emissions scandal (“Dieselgate”) on the used car market in Israel. Using a difference-in–differences research design and administrative and proprietary data, we find that, after Dieselgate, the number of transactions involving VW-mishandled cars fell by 18\%, and the resale price of these cars fell by 6\%. The drop in the number of transactions was concentrated among private sellers. We discuss alternative explanations and suggest that reputational concerns and adverse selection following Dieselgate could explain our findings.

Keywords: secondary markets, durable goods, vehicles, reputation, fraud, product recall

JEL Classification: L14, L62, Q51

Suggested Citation

Ater, Itai and yosef, nir, The Impact of Environmental Fraud on the Used Car Market: Evidence from Dieselgate (November 13, 2020). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3734836 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3734836

Itai Ater (Contact Author)

Tel Aviv University - Coller School of Management ( email )

Tel Aviv
Israel

Nir Yosef

Tel Aviv University

Ramat Aviv
Tel-Aviv, 6997801
Israel

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