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The Norwegian CO2-differentiated motor vehicle registration tax: An extended Cost-Benefit Analysis

Gunnar Eskeland and Shiyu Yan
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Shiyu Yan: Aarhus University

No 178, OECD Environment Working Papers from OECD Publishing

Abstract: In addition to a longstanding CO2 component in fuel taxes, Norway has used two main policy instruments to decarbonise its car fleet. A CO2-differentiated registration tax gives strong and continuous incentives to buy cars with lower registered CO2 intensity (or higher fuel efficiency). Moreover, generous tax incentives, including registration tax and VAT exemptions, are applied to zero-emission cars, and have given Norway the highest electric vehicle sales in the world. This paper analyses effects of the two instruments (the vehicle registration tax and tax exemption) using an excellent and detailed data set.

Keywords: co-benefits; Cost-benefit analysis; Distributional effects; environmental externality; Greenhouse gas emission reduction; low-emission vehicles; policy instruments; vehicule registration tax (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: H23 L62 Q41 Q51 Q54 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2021-06-18
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