Cash for clunkers

Cash for Corollas: When Stimulus Reduces Spending
by Mark Hoekstra, Steven L. Puller, Jeremy West – #20349 (EEE IO PE)


Cash for Clunkers was a 2009 economic stimulus program aimed at increasing new vehicle spending by subsidizing the replacement of older vehicles. Using a regression discontinuity design, we show the increase in sales during the two month program was completely offset during the following seven to nine months, consistent with previous
research. However, we also find the program’s fuel efficiency restrictions induced households to purchase more fuel efficient but less expensive vehicles, thereby reducing industry revenues by three billion dollars over the entire nine to eleven month period. This highlights the conflict between the stimulus and environmental objectives of the policy.

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john Walker
9 years ago

Sounds like the program simply gave a stimulus/kick along, to a pattern that was already there.