The Economics (or not) of EV Supports

21 November 2019 @ 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm
Balsillie School of International Affairs • Room 1-43
67 Erb Street West, Waterloo, ON, ON, N2L 6C2

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The reduction of greenhouse gas emissions from road transport is a key policy goal that is being pursued by both federal and provincial governments in Canada using a range of policies. This presentation will provide an overview of recent economic research on the usefulness and cost-effectiveness of EV supports in Canada either alone or in combination with other measures. Earlier economic analysis abstracted from network affects known to be associated with EV charging networks. Findings of an economic model incorporating network effects will also be presented.
About the speaker
Randall Wigle is Professor of Economics in the Balsillie School of International Affairs and the Lazaridis School of Business and Economics at Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo Ontario, Canada. Dr Wigle’s main interests are in the areas of climate and environmental policy and Canadian public policy, including federal-provincial issues. Most of Dr. Wigle’s research involves the application of computable general equilibrium modelling to questions in climate policy and Canadian public policy. A common theme in much of this work is the interactions among environmental, trade and taxation policies. In recent years he has focused on the design and assessment of alternative approaches to reduce Canadian GHG emissions. This includes supports for renewable energy and measures to reduce on-road transportation emissions.

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