Would my driving pattern change if my neighbor were to buy an emission-free car?

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Kverndokk, S., E. Figenbaum and J. Hovi




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CESifo working paper nr 7679

Sammendrag (engelsk)

Aiming to reduce the number of brown (polluting) cars on the road, several countries currently promote the purchase and use of green (emission-free) cars through financial and non-financial incentives. We study how such incentives affect respondents report their driving was unchanged after the implementation of the policies to promote green cars, some - particularly in major cities - report that these policies caused them to reduce or increase their driving. We conclude that some mechanisms in our model are more important than others and that certain mechanisms appear to influence different brown-car drivers in different ways. Overall, it seems that Norwegian policies to promote the purchase and use of green cars have indeed reduced brown-car driving.


electric vehicles, environmental policies, external effects, habit formation, social norms.


D620, H230, Q540, R420, R480.

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