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Economics at the Wheel : The Costs of Cars and Drivers - Richard C. Porter

Economics at the Wheel

The Costs of Cars and Drivers

Hardcover Published: 9th June 1999
ISBN: 9780125623605
Number Of Pages: 258

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Economics at the Wheel is about cars and driving, and all the problems that cars and drivers create for America. It explains actual government policy intended to reduce the damage cars and drivers do to us, and it explains why these government policies are almost all failures because they attack the wrong problem or attack it in the wrong way. The reader will come away with a much fuller understanding of air pollution, global warming, highway safety, auto insurance, gasoline taxation, rush-hour congestion, leaking underground storage tanks, and many other auto-related issues.
Key Features
* Looks at common actions and circumstances from an economics perspective
* Readable with accessible prose style and few footnotes
* Includes questions to provoke student thinking and boxed sections of side materials to stimulate discussions

Prefacep. ix
Glossaryp. xiii
Introductionp. 1
Appendix: External Costs and Policyp. 5
The Economics of Driving
The Cost of Drivingp. 15
The Demand for Drivingp. 25
Appendix: Who Really Pays a Gasoline Tax?p. 35
Energy and Air Pollution
Fuel Efficiencyp. 41
Air Pollutionp. 55
Appendix: Benefit--Cost Analysis of Automotive Emissions Controlsp. 70
Global Warmingp. 73
Highway Safety
An Overview of Highway Safetyp. 87
Appendix: The Value of Lifep. 94
Vehicle Safetyp. 99
Seat Belts and Air Bagsp. 109
Legal Liability and Insurancep. 119
Alcoholp. 129
Youthp. 137
Speed and Highway Designp. 147
Other Automotive Externalities
Congestion, Roads, and Parkingp. 155
Appendix: The Theory of Highway Congestionp. 167
Water Pollutionp. 173
Potpourrip. 181
Where Next?
Where Should We Go from Here?p. 191
Where Can We Go from Here?p. 201
Answers to Text Questionsp. 209
Referencesp. 229
Indexp. 249
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ISBN: 9780125623605
ISBN-10: 0125623607
Audience: General
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 258
Published: 9th June 1999
Publisher: Emerald Publishing Limited
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.47 x 15.75  x 1.78
Weight (kg): 0.5