This chapter discusses general principles for evaluating technology-forcing policies, first by distinguishing between the economic rationale for mandating the use of known technologies and that for forcing the invention and use of new technology. The focus is on market imperfections and issues of dynamic efficiency that can make technology-forcing mandates an attractive policy option. The chapter then explores the political arguments for technology-forcing regulations that analysts must often rebut. The chapter applies these concepts to the specific case of electric vehicles, one of the latest areas of technology-forcing policy. The chapter then concludes with lessons generally applicable to emerging transportation technologies.


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  • Pagination: p. 291-323
  • Monograph Title: Essays in Transportation Economics and Policy. A Handbook in Honor of John R. Meyer

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  • Accession Number: 00762410
  • Record Type: Publication
  • ISBN: 0815731825
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Apr 20 1999 12:00AM