The Fletcher School
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Medford, MA 02155
Institutional Affiliation: Tufts University
NBER Working Papers and Publications
|November 2019||Driving Behavior and the Price of Gasoline: Evidence from Fueling-Level Micro Data|
with Christopher R. Knittel: w26488
We use novel microdata on on-road fuel consumption and prices paid for fuel in Japan to estimate short-run price elasticities of demand for gasoline consumption. We have three main findings. First, our elasticity estimates of roughly -0.37 are in orders of magnitude larger than previously estimated using more aggregate data. Second, we are one of the first papers to separately estimate both the price elasticities of miles driven (-0.30) and on-road fuel economy (0.07). Lastly, we find that on-road fuel economy is determined by recent prices than distant past prices paid, suggesting limited habit formation of fuel-conserving driving behaviors.