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Upgrading the car fleet: evidence from an Italian scrappage scheme

Giovanni Marin () and Roberto Zoboli ()
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Roberto Zoboli: Catholic University of Milan, Italy; SEEDS, Italy

No 1418, SEEDS Working Papers from SEEDS, Sustainability Environmental Economics and Dynamics Studies

Abstract: Car scrappage schemes are generally introduced to upgrade the car fleet to reduce environmental pressures arising from private transportation. The effectiveness of these schemes has been often questioned. The aim of this paper is to quantify the impact of an Italian car scrappage scheme on the rate of deregistration of old cars. The empirical evaluation of the policy is made possible by a discontinuity in the age of cars that could be subject to the support scheme. Results, based on detailed information on the car fleet and the deregistration of cars in the Italian market, suggest a very large impact of the scheme.

Keywords: Car scrappage schemes; Regression Discontinuity Design (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: H23 R48 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
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Date: 2018-12, Revised 2018-12
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