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Addiction to car use and dynamic elasticity measures in France


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  • Roger Collet

    (DEST - Département Economie et Sociologie des Transports - INRETS)

  • Mathieu De Lapparent

    (DEST - Département Economie et Sociologie des Transports - INRETS)

  • Laurent Hivert

    (DEST - Département Economie et Sociologie des Transports - INRETS)


This article presents a microeconometric analysis of the annual mileage travelled by French households with their personal cars, defining their automobility. To feature car use dependence, the rational addiction model of Becker et al. (1994) is applied on a panel dataset, drawn from the French "Car Fleet" survey over the period 1999-2001. Importantly, the estimates show that the assumption of addiction to car use cannot be rejected. Furthermore, the model yields realistic kilometric-price and income elasticities of household automobility, for both the short and the long runs.

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Date of creation: 2010
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Publication status: Published - Presented, 12th World Conference on Transport Research, 2010, Lisbonne, Portugal
Handle: RePEc:hal:journl:hal-00614966

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Keywords: Transportation ; Car use ; Consumption ; Addiction ; Panel ; GMM;


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  1. Jean-Loup Madre & Laurent Hivert & Roger Collet, 2012. "Diffusion de l’automobile en France : vers quels plafonds pour la motorisation et l’usage ?," Économie et Statistique, Programme National Persée, Programme National Persée, vol. 457(1), pages 123-139.
  2. Laurent Hivert & Jean-Luc Wingert, 2010. "Automobile et automobilité : quelles évolutions de comportements face aux variations du prix des carburants de 2000 à 2008 ?," Post-Print, HAL hal-00614570, HAL.


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