Economics at the Wheel; The Costs of Cars and Drivers

Economics at the Wheel; The Costs of Cars and Drivers

by Richard C. Porter
     
 

ISBN-10: 0125623615

ISBN-13: 9780125623612

Pub. Date: 10/28/1999

Publisher: Elsevier Science & Technology Books

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

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
* Presents continuous application to real policy issues of introductory microeconomic theory
* 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
* Maintains a breezy style; begun as class note, the author has tried to keep the book as near the give-and-take of a small class as possible
* Makes the immense technical economic literature on automobiles accessible to undergraduates with a minimum of formal theory, math, and graph abilities

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780125623612
Publisher:
Elsevier Science & Technology Books
Publication date:
10/28/1999
Pages:
258
Product dimensions:
6.02(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.52(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction
Appendix: External Costs and Policy

The Economics of Driving:
The Cost of Driving
The Demand for Driving
Appendix: Who Really Pays a Gasoline Tax?

Energy and Air Pollution:
Fuel Efficiency
Air Pollution
Appendix: Benefit-Cost Analysis of Automotive Emissions Controls
Global Warming

Highway Safety:
An Overview of Highway Safety
Appendix: The Value of Life
Vehicle Safety
Seat Belts and Air Bags
Legal Liability and Insurance
Alcohol
Youth
Speed and Highway Design

Other Automotive Externalities:
Congestion, Roads, and Parking
Appendix: The Theory of Highway Congestion
Water Pollution
Potpourri

Where Next?:
Where Should We Go from Here?
Where Can We Go from Here?
Answers to Text Questions
References
Index

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