9
May
2018

Energy Efficiency Standards Are More Regressive Than Energy Taxes: Theory and Evidence |RS

Date:
9 May, 2018 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm
Speaker:
Arik Levinson
Venue:
London School of Economics, Tower 2, Room 9.04, Clement's Inn Passage, London, WC2A 2AZ

Arik Levinson, a Professor in the Department of Economics at Georgetown University, will be the speaker for this seminar.

Abstract
Economists promote energy taxes as cost-effective. But policymakers raise concerns about their regressivity, or disproportional burden on poorer families, preferring to set energy efficiency standards instead. I first show that in theory, regulations targeting energy efficiency are more regressive than energy taxes, not less. I then provide an example using data on automobiles in the United States. Taxing gas would be less regressive than regulating the fuel economy of cars if the two policies are compared on a revenue-equivalent basis.

This seminar is open to all LSE staff and students. If you are from outside the LSE and would like to attend, please email Gri.Events@lse.ac.uk to register for a place.

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