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Combinations of Instruments to Achieve Low-Carbon Vehicle-Miles
Stimulating Low-Carbon Vehicle Technologies (2010)
  • Don Fullerton, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • Daniel Karney, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
In cases where the first-best carbon tax and a reasonable second-best gasoline tax are unavailable, this paper demonstrates how alternative combinations of instruments can form economically-sound, environmentally-motivated policies for substantial reductions in vehicle carbon emissions. In order to implement alternative approaches successfully, our point is that policymakers may need to take a holistic approach when designing policy. This holistic approach would recognise that policies to reduce carbon emissions must be politically feasible, and that all sectors of the economy generate carbon emissions. A holistic approach would not focus just on one method of abatement, like encouraging low-carbon vehicle technologies, but instead on the efficient balance between all different abatement methods.
  • vehicle emissions,
  • global warming,
  • carbon dioxide,
  • transportation
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OECD Publishers
Citation Information
Don Fullerton and Daniel Karney. "Combinations of Instruments to Achieve Low-Carbon Vehicle-Miles" ParisStimulating Low-Carbon Vehicle Technologies (2010)
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