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Ashley Langer

Department of Economics
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February 2018Designing Dynamic Subsidies to Spur Adoption of New Technologies
with Derek Lemoine: w24310
We analyze the efficient subsidy for durable good technologies. We theoretically demonstrate that a policymaker faces a tension between intertemporally price discriminating by designing a subsidy that increases over time and taking advantage of future technological progress by designing a subsidy that decreases over time. Using new empirical estimates of household preferences for residential solar in California, we show that the efficient subsidy increases strongly over time if households are myopic and is much flatter if households have rational expectations. The regulator's spending increases by 70% when households anticipate future technological progress and future subsidies.
October 2013The Intergenerational Transmission of Automobile Brand Preferences: Empirical Evidence and Implications for Firm Strategy
with Soren T. Anderson, Ryan Kellogg, James M. Sallee: w19535
We document a strong correlation in the brand of automobile chosen by parents and their adult children, using data from the Panel Study of Income Dynamics. This correlation could represent transmission of brand preferences across generations, or it could result from correlation in family characteristics that determine brand choice. We present a variety of empirical specifications that lend support to the former interpretation and to a mechanism that relies at least in part on state dependence. We then discuss implications of intergenerational brand preference transmission for automakers' product-line strategies and for the strategic pricing of vehicles to different age groups.

Published: Soren T. Anderson & Ryan Kellogg & Ashley Langer & James M. Sallee, 2015. "The Intergenerational Transmission of Automobile Brand Preferences," The Journal of Industrial Economics, vol 63(4), pages 763-793.

 
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