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The Optimal Choice of Commuting Speed: Consequences for Commuting Time, Distance and Costs

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  • Jos van Ommeren

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    (Faculty of Economics and Business Administration, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam)

  • Joyce Dargay

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    (ESRC Transport Studies Unit, University College London)

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In this paper, we derive a structural model for commuting speed. We presumethat commuting speed is chosen to minimise commuting costs, which encompass bothmonetary and time costs. At faster speed levels, the monetary costs increase, but the timecosts fall. Using data from Great Britain, we demonstrate that the income elasticity ofcommuting speed is 0.126. The ratio of variabIe monetary costs to travel time costs is0.14.

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Paper provided by Tinbergen Institute in its series Tinbergen Institute Discussion Papers with number 04-092/3.

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Date of creation: 24 Aug 2004
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Handle: RePEc:dgr:uvatin:20040092

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Keywords: commuting; speed; travel demand modelling;

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  1. Muhammad Sabir & Jos van Ommeren & Mark Koetse & Piet Rietveld, 2008. "Welfare Effects of Adverse Weather through Speed Changes in Car Commuting Trips," Tinbergen Institute Discussion Papers 08-087/3, Tinbergen Institute.
  2. Grazi, Fabio & van den Bergh, Jeroen C.J.M., 2008. "Spatial organization, transport, and climate change: Comparing instruments of spatial planning and policy," Ecological Economics, Elsevier, vol. 67(4), pages 630-639, November.
  3. Larsen, Morten Marott & Pilegaard, Ninette & Ommeren, Jos Van, 2008. "Congestion and residential moving behaviour," Regional Science and Urban Economics, Elsevier, vol. 38(4), pages 378-387, July.
  4. Muhammad Sabir & Jos van Ommeren & Mark Koetse & Piet Rietveld, 2008. "Welfare Effects of Adverse Weather through Speed Changes in Car Commuting Trips," Tinbergen Institute Discussion Papers 08-087/3, Tinbergen Institute.
  5. McQuaid, Ronald W., 2009. "A model of the travel to work limits of parents," Research in Transportation Economics, Elsevier, vol. 25(1), pages 19-28.
  6. van Ommeren, Jos N. & van der Straaten, J. Willemijn, 2008. "The effect of search imperfections on commuting behaviour: Evidence from employed and self-employed workers," Regional Science and Urban Economics, Elsevier, vol. 38(2), pages 127-147, March.
  7. Muhammad Sabir & Jos Ommeren & Mark Koetse & Piet Rietveld, 2011. "Adverse Weather and Commuting Speed," Networks and Spatial Economics, Springer, vol. 11(4), pages 701-712, December.

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