A growing economy relies on an effective and efficient transportation system; however, issues related to pollution, congestion, and safety can dampen that growth. RFF experts are analyzing the costs, benefits, and distributional consequences of transportation policies to help lawmakers design programs that can effectively impact consumer and producer behaviors.
Alternative Fuels and Vehicles
Examining the relevant policies, regulations, and markets
CAFE Standards and Fuel Efficiency
Analyzing policies that reduce fuel demand and carbon emissions
Analyzing how fuel taxes interact with existing fuel efficiency policies.
Exploring policy options to reduce the inefficiencies of gridlock.
Working Paper — Apr 18, 2019
The Energy Paradox in Seemingly Competitive Industries: The Use of Energy-Efficient Equipment on Heavy-Duty Tractor Trailers
We collected roadside data and modeled use of energy-saving equipment on trailers to explore the claim that, where there is split ownership between tractors and trailers, owners of trailers will underinvest in energy-saving equipment.
Working Paper — Apr 17, 2019
Pass-Through and Welfare Effects of Regulations that Affect Product Attributes
We show that the relationship between pass-through and welfare changes does not hold for a regulation that affects production costs and product attributes.
Working Paper — Apr 4, 2019
Estimating Preference Heterogeneity in Discrete Choice Models of Product Differentiation
The application of a new method for estimating discrete choice models shows that tightening fuel economy standards have modest impacts on new vehicle sales.
Workshops & Seminars — Dec 3, 2018
New Research Questions on Electricity, Transportation, and Carbon Markets: What Stands in the Way Becomes the Way
Workshops & Seminars — Dec 2, 2015
The Evolving US Vehicle Fleet: Responding to New Federal Regulations
Panelists analyzed consumer demand for fuel economy and how lower gasoline prices can affect future fuel savings.
Policy Leadership Series — Oct 15, 2015
US Climate Policy: How We Got Here and What it Means for the Future
At this RFF Policy Leadership Forum, Bob Nordhaus, one of the most respected figures in US energy policy circles, discussed the evolution of US climate policy and its future prospects.