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Welfare Effects of Adverse Weather through Speed Changes in Car Commuting Trips

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  • Muhammad Sabir

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    (VU University Amsterdam)

  • Jos van Ommeren

    ()
    (VU University Amsterdam)

  • Mark Koetse

    (VU University Amsterdam)

  • Piet Rietveld

    ()
    (VU University Amsterdam)

Abstract

This paper investigates the welfare effect of adverse weather through changes in the speed of individuals’ car commuting trips in the entire Netherlands. Weather measurements are local and time specific (hourly basis). As most commuters travel twice a day between home and work, we are able to estimate the effect of adverse weather employing panel data techniques, which is novel in this context. We find that for most commuters the welfare effects of adverse weather conditions are negative but small. However, the commuters’ welfare costs due to rain are rather substantial during rush hours in congested areas (and up to 15 percent of the overall commuting costs).

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Paper provided by Tinbergen Institute in its series Tinbergen Institute Discussion Papers with number 08-087/3.

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Date of creation: 17 Sep 2008
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Handle: RePEc:dgr:uvatin:20080087

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