Univ. of Delaware Researchers Conclude Cash for Clunkers Cost Exceeded Benefit
Green Car Congress
SEPTEMBER 2, 2009
Burton Abrams and George Parsons of the University of Delaware evaluated the efficiency of the recently concluded Cash for Clunkers (CARS) program and concluded that the cost exceeds the benefit by approximately $2,000 per vehicle, or close to $1.4 There is a $4,200 loss to the taxpayer (the average subsidy), but the CARS participant gains $1,600 per vehicle ($2,600 in the value of the price subsidy less the $1,000 loss of the clunker). 2009) Is CARS a Clunker?