Cars That Kill? The Effect of Fuel Economy Standards on Vehicle Weight Dispersion


Speaker: 
Kevin Roth, Assistant Professor of Economics, UC Irvine
Date and Time: 
Tuesday, April 15, 2014 - 3:30pm - 5:00pm
Event Location: 
Social Science Plaza A, Room 3132
Contact for Further Information: 
Jennifer dos Santos, dayj@uci.edu or 949-824-5788

The Department of Economics Applied Microeconomics Seminars Series presents

"Cars That Kill? The Effect of Fuel Economy Standards on Vehicle Weight Dispersion"
with Kevin Roth, Assistant Professor of Economics, UC Irvine

April 15, 2014
3:30-5:00 p.m.
Social Science Plaza A, Room 3132

The firm response to regulation is seldom as controversial as in the context of fuel economy standards, the dominant policy to reduce emissions from vehicles in the United States. It has long been argued that such standards have led to a down-weighting of vehicles, increasing accident fatalities. This talk uses three measures of the stringency of historical fuel economy standards to demonstrate that down-weighting was not uniform across the fleet. Domestic automakers down-weighted primarily in the lower half of the distribution of weight, while Asian manufacturers appear to up-weight in the same region, indicative of competitive effects. Preliminary counter factual simulations indicate that CAFE standards led to very few additional traffic fatalities.

For further information, please contact Jennifer dos Santos, dayj@uci.edu or 949-824-5788.