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Measuring the price responsiveness of gasoline demand: Economic shape restrictions and nonparametric demand estimation

Blundell, R and Horowitz, JL and Parey, M (2012) 'Measuring the price responsiveness of gasoline demand: Economic shape restrictions and nonparametric demand estimation.' Quantitative Economics, 3 (1). 29 - 51. ISSN 1759-7323

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Abstract

This paper develops a new method for estimating a demand function and the welfare consequences of price changes. The method is applied to gasoline demand in the United States and is applicable to other goods. The method uses shape restrictions derived from economic theory to improve the precision of a nonparametric estimate of the demand function. Using data from the U.S. National Household Travel Survey, we show that the restrictions are consistent with the data on gasoline demand and remove the anomalous behavior of a standard nonparametric estimator. Our approach provides new insights about the price responsiveness of gasoline demand and the way responses vary across the income distribution. We find that price responses vary non-monotonically with income. In particular, we find that low- and high-income consumers are less responsive to changes in gasoline prices than are middle-income consumers. We find similar results using comparable data from Canada. © 2012 Richard Blundell, Joel L. Horowitz, and Matthias Parey.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HB Economic Theory
Divisions: Faculty of Social Sciences > Economics, Department of
Depositing User: Jim Jamieson
Date Deposited: 16 Jul 2012 21:36
Last Modified: 23 Jan 2019 05:15
URI: http://repository.essex.ac.uk/id/eprint/2927

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