Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/148593
Authors: 
Tovar Reaños, Miguel Angel
Sommerfeld, Katrin
Year of Publication: 
2016
Series/Report no.: 
ZEW Discussion Papers 16-090
Abstract: 
This paper provides the first empirical evidence of the distributional effects of subsidies for the purchase of alternative vehicles based on an extended version of Hausman's exact consumer surplus. Consistently with economic theory, we estimate changes in household welfare, inequality and social welfare corresponding to different reforms. First, we find that an additional tax on conventional fuel is regressive. However, returning the additional tax revenue via lump-sum transfers can alleviate this effect. Second, when the additional revenue is also used to finance subsidies for electrical and compressed natural gas (CNG) vehicles, households that own such vehicles experience welfare gains. However, this policy also increases income inequality and decreases social welfare.
Subjects: 
Transport policies
Distributional effects
Electrical vehicles
Passenger cars
JEL: 
Q41
R48
C33
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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