Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/174912
Authors: 
Bjertnæs, Geir H. M.
Year of Publication: 
2017
Series/Report no.: 
CESifo Working Paper 6789
Abstract: 
A tax on fuel combined with tax-exemptions or subsidies for purchase of fuel-efficient vehicles is implemented in many countries to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and other negative externalities from road traffic. This study, however, shows that a tax on fuel should be combined with heavier taxation of fuel-efficient vehicles to curb externalities from road traffic. The tax on fuel is implemented to curb externalities linked to both consumption of fuel and road use. The heavier tax on fuel-efficient vehicles prevents that motorists avoid the road user charge on fuel by purchasing fuel-efficient vehicles.
Subjects: 
transportation
optimal taxation
environmental taxation
global warming
JEL: 
H20
H21
H23
Q58
R48
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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