DRIVER-VERSUS VEHICLE-BASED RATIONING AND THE POTENTIAL FOR COUPON SALES BETWEEN DIFFERENT INCOME GROUPS IN MICHIGAN

This paper examines some aspects of vehicle-based, as opposed to driver-based allocation of gasoline in relation to a white market. The study makes use of the Michigan Driving Experience Survey (MDES), a micro data base on vehicle ownership and use, which was built from 7581 personal interviews of driver's license renewal applicants conducted throughout Michigan during 1976. As considerably more exploration of gasoline use, of the most promising targets for conservation policy, and of various conservation scenarios has occurred since the analyses of this paper were first reported, and extension is made by examining gasoline consumption by population group. This was calculated in fully disaggregated manner and was based on the actual occupancy and vehicle size used for each of the 13,000 trips reported in the MDES. The results of this more recent work give a broader perspective on the rationing policy issues raised in the body of this paper. Conclusions are presented on rationing versus other measures, examples of mechanisms for the use of ration rights to encourage efficient use of gasoline, and future disaggregate data needs for energy conservation planning.

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  • Publication Date: 1980

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  • Features: Figures; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: pp 138-144
  • Monograph Title: CONSIDERATIONS IN TRANSPORTATION ENERGY CONTINGENCY PLANNING
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  • Created Date: Oct 28 1981 12:00AM