Skip Ribbon Commands
Skip to main content
Home | Support RFF | Join E-mail List | Contact
RFF Logo
Skip navigation links
RESEARCH TOPICS
CENTERS
PUBLICATIONS
NEWS
EVENTS
RESEARCHERS
ABOUT RFF
 

 

 
Join E-mail List
Please provide your e-mail address to receive periodic newsletters and invitations to public events
 
 
Should Fuel Taxes Be Scrapped in Favor of Per-Mile Charges?
Ian W.H. Parry
RFF Discussion Paper 05-36 | August 2005
RESEARCH TOPICS:
Abstract
This paper discusses the appropriate balance between traditional gasoline taxes and charging bythe mile, focusing mainly on economic efficiency considerations. We begin with a brief discussion of thefive major passenger vehicle externalities of concern - local pollution, greenhouse warming, oildependency, traffic congestion, and traffic accidents - summarizing evidence on the dollar value of theexternalities for passenger vehicles in the United States. We then discuss how much fuel taxation mightbe justified to account for these externalities, as well as how much taxation might be appropriate on fiscalgrounds, assuming per-mile charges are unavailable. Finally, we discuss to what extent fuel taxationshould be replaced with per-mile charges.
RELATED SUBTOPICS
Fuel Taxes
RFF Home | RFF Press: An Imprint of Routledge Terms of Use | Privacy Policy | Copyright Notice
1616 P St. NW, Washington, DC 20036 ยท 202.328.5000 Feedback | Contact Us