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Title:Measuring the price responsiveness of gasoline demand: Economic shape restrictions and nonparametric demand estimation PDF Logo
Authors:Blundell, Richard
Horowitz, Joel L.
Parey, Matthias
Issue Date:2011
Series/Report no.:cemmap working paper CWP24/11
Abstract:This paper develops a new method for estimating a demand function and the welfare consequences of price changes. The method is applied to gasoline demand in the U.S. and is applicable to other goods. The method uses shape restrictions derived from economic theory to improve the precision of a nonparametric estimate of the demand function. Using data from the U.S. National Household Travel Survey, we show that the restrictions are consistent with the data on gasoline demand and remove the anomalous behavior of a standard nonparametric estimator. Our approach provides new insights about the price responsiveness of gasoline demand and the way responses vary across the income distribution. We find that price responses vary nonmonotonically with income. In particular, we find that low- and high-income consumers are less responsive to changes in gasoline prices than are middle-income consumers. We find similar results using comparable data from Canada.
Subjects:Consumer Demand
Nonparametric Estimation
Gasoline Demand
Deadweight Loss
JEL:D12
H31
C14
Persistent Identifier of the first edition:doi:10.1920/wp.cem.2011.24111
Document Type:Working Paper
Appears in Collections:cemmap working papers, Centre for Microdata Methods and Practice, Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS)

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