Economics At The Wheel

Economics At The Wheel

by Richard C. Porter
     
 

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 willSee more details below

Overview

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

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780125623605
Publisher:
Emerald Group Publishing
Publication date:
06/01/1999
Pages:
276
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.75(d)

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Table of Contents

Preface
Glossary
1Introduction1
AppExternal Costs and Policy5
2The Cost of Driving15
3The Demand for Driving25
AppWho Really Pays a Gasoline Tax?35
4Fuel Efficiency41
5Air Pollution55
AppBenefit-Cost Analysis of Automotive Emissions Controls70
6Global Warming73
7An Overview of Highway Safety87
AppThe Value of Life94
8Vehicle Safety99
9Seat Belts and Air Bags109
10Legal Liability and Insurance119
11Alcohol129
12Youth137
13Speed and Highway Design147
14Congestion, Roads, and Parking155
AppThe Theory of Highway Congestion167
15Water Pollution173
16Potpourri181
17Where Should We Go from Here?191
18Where Can We Go from Here?201
Answers to Text Questions209
References229
Index249

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