International Journal of Business and Social Science

ISSN 2219-1933 (Print), 2219-6021 (Online)

Assessing Over-aged Car Legislation as an Environmental Policy Law in Ghana
Iddisah Sulemana

Abstract
In June 1998, The Government of Ghana implemented an import ban on all cars older than 10 years. Four years later, the ban was lifted, and replaced with an amendment that allowed for the importation of over-aged cars, with penalties. This paper finds that the ban did reduce used car imports in Ghana, but not significantly. Difference-In-Differences analyses, using Ivory Coast as a control group, indicate that the ban did not achieve its prime objective of reducing air pollution in Ghana. The paper therefore suggests that alternative air pollution control policies should be sought in lieu of resorting to over-aged car legislation.

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