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Linear or nonlinear utility functions in logit models? The impact on German high-speed rail demand forecasts


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  • Mandel, Benedikt
  • Gaudry, Marc
  • Rothengatter, Werner
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    We have shown that nonlinearity of the representative utility functions of the Logit model applied to an intercity mode choice model implied the presence of asymmetry and of thresholds in the response curve, as well as results that had more reasonable properties (diminishing marginal values of time savings, elasticities and values of time that differed among the modes), and yielded very different high-speed rail market shares for Germany than results obtained with the usual linear utility functions.

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    Article provided by Elsevier in its journal Transportation Research Part B: Methodological.

    Volume (Year): 28 (1994)
    Issue (Month): 2 (April)
    Pages: 91-101

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    Handle: RePEc:eee:transb:v:28:y:1994:i:2:p:91-101

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    1. Amanda Stathopoulos & Stephane Hess, 2011. "Referencing, Gains-Losses Asymmetry And Non-Linear Sensitivities In Commuter Decisions: One Size Does Not Fit All!," Working Papers 0511, CREI UniversitĂ  degli Studi Roma Tre, revised 2011.
    2. Stathopoulos, Amanda & Hess, Stephane, 2012. "Revisiting reference point formation, gains–losses asymmetry and non-linear sensitivities with an emphasis on attribute specific treatment," Transportation Research Part A: Policy and Practice, Elsevier, vol. 46(10), pages 1673-1689.
    3. Christiaan Behrens & Eric Pels, 2009. "Intermodal Competition in The London-Paris Passenger Market: High-Speed Rail and Air Transport," Tinbergen Institute Discussion Papers 09-051/3, Tinbergen Institute.
    4. Nakagawa, Dai & Hatoko, Masatoshi, 2007. "Reevaluation of Japanese high-speed rail construction: Recent situation of the north corridor Shinkansen and its way to completion," Transport Policy, Elsevier, vol. 14(2), pages 150-164, March.


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