Congratulations to SP Research Associate Vincent Thivierge and Professor Chad Lawley, SP Research Network member (Assistant Professor, Department of Agribusiness & Agricultural Economics, University of Manitoba) whose paper entitled The Impact of British Columbia's Carbon Tax: Estimating Heterogeneous Responses from Household Vehicle Fuel Use has been accepted to be presented at the annual conference of the Association of Environmental and Resource Economists (AERE) in San Diego in June 2015.


This study examines the impact of the BC Carbon Tax on household's demand for vehicle fuel, using Statistics Canada's Survey of Household Spending for 2001 through 2012. The disaggregated nature of the dataset allows the researchers to estimate different impacts of the tax for households in different locations, and across income, age-class, and vehicle types.


Their research aims to provide key insights to understand which households in British Columbia have changed their behavior in response to the carbon tax, and how they have done so. The paper is looking to add a valuable piece to SP’s line of research evaluating the effectiveness of British Columbia’s Carbon Tax.