Economics at the Wheel: The Costs of Cars and Drivers

Hardcover | April 14, 1999

byRichard C. Porter

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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-relatedissues.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

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This compelling resource tells us about all the problems cars and their drivers create in the United States. Economics at the Wheel shows why government policies in this area are failing. We see that often, the policies address the wrong problem or consider it in the wrong way. Readers gain a better understanding of air pollution, glob...

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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 wr...

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Beyond issues of convenience, style, safety, innovation, and mobility, automobiles raise questions about the ways that markets work and do not work. Almost all of our automobile problems arise from the car's generation of external costs. These costs, when added to the private costs of driving, make driving a socially expensive habit. A...

Format:HardcoverDimensions:9 × 6 × 0.98 inPublished:April 14, 1999Publisher:Academic PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0125623607

ISBN - 13:9780125623605

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Table of Contents

Introduction.
The Cost of Driving.
The Demand for Driving.
Fuel Efficiency.
Air Pollution.
Global Warming.
An Overview of Highway Safety.
Vehicle Safety.
Seat Belts and Air Bags.
Legal Liability and Insurance.
Alcohol.
Youth.
Speed and Highway Design.
Congestion, Roads, and Parking.
Water Pollution.
Potpourri.
Where Should We Go from Here?
Where Can We Go from Here?
Answers to Text Questions.
References.

From Our Editors

This compelling resource tells us about all the problems cars and their drivers create in the United States. Economics at the Wheel shows why government policies in this area are failing. We see that often, the policies address the wrong problem or consider it in the wrong way. Readers gain a better understanding of air pollution, global warming, highway safety, auto insurance and other auto-related subjects.