Faculty Advisor

Lyneis, James M.

Abstract

This project analyzes the dynamics of US automobile gasoline consumption since 1970. Through the creation of a System Dynamics computer model, we are able to understand historical trends and test several currently proposed policies. We conclude that when fuel efficiency development is not conducted in an environment with rising fuel costs, the development is directly counteracted by the shifting tastes of consumers towards larger automobiles with lower fuel efficiency.

Publisher

Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

January 2002

Major

System Dynamics

Project Type

Major Qualifying Project

Accessibility

Restricted-WPI community only

Advisor Department

Social Science and Policy Studies

Advisor Program

Social Science and Policy Studies

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