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Policy Implications and Analysis of the Determinants of Travel Mode Choice: An Application of Choice Experiments to Metropolitan Costa Rica

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  • Alpizar, Francisco

    (Department of Economics, School of Economics and Commercial Law, Göteborg University)

  • Carlsson, Fredrik

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    (Department of Economics, School of Economics and Commercial Law, Göteborg University)

Abstract

In this paper we study a group of policies aimed at discouraging the use of private transportation during peak hours, both directly and indirectly, by increasing the attractiveness of the only available substitute, the bus. This is done using a choice experiment constructed to find the answer to the following basic question: Given fixed house-to-work structures and no working hour flexibility, by how much is the choice of travel mode for commuters to work sensitive to changes in travel time, changes in costs for each mode and other service attributes? This information is then used to identify the most suitable combination of policies dealing with air pollution and congestion in the typical developing country context of metropolitan Costa Rica. We also provide estimates of the value of travel time as a measure of the potential benefits gained from reduced congestion.

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Paper provided by University of Gothenburg, Department of Economics in its series Working Papers in Economics with number 56.

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Length: 18 pages
Date of creation: 11 Sep 2001
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Publication status: Published in Environment and Development Economics, 2003, pages 603-619.
Handle: RePEc:hhs:gunwpe:0056

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Postal: Department of Economics, School of Business, Economics and Law, University of Gothenburg, Box 640, SE 405 30 GÖTEBORG, Sweden
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Keywords: Choice experiment; Random Parameter Logit; urban air pollution; congestion;

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Cited by:
  1. Blackman, Allen & Osakwe, Rebecca & Alpizar, Francisco, 2009. "Fuel Tax Incidence in Developing Countries: The Case of Costa Rica," Discussion Papers dp-09-37, Resources For the Future.
  2. Francisco Javier Amador & Rosa Marina González & Juan de Dios Ortúzar, 2004. "Preference heterogeneity and willingness to pay for travel time," Documentos de trabajo conjunto ULL-ULPGC 2004-12, Facultad de Ciencias Económicas de la ULPGC.
  3. Daniel Toro González & Jorge Luis Alvis Arrieta & William Arellano Cartagena, 2007. "Transporte público en Cartagena: ¿Qué factores determinan las preferencias de los usuarios?," DOCUMENTOS DE TRABAJO 004300, UNIVERSIDAD TECNOLÓGICA DE BOLÍVAR.
  4. Francisco Amador & Rosa González & Juan Ortúzar, 2005. "Preference Heterogeneity and Willingness to Pay for Travel Time Savings," Transportation, Springer, vol. 32(6), pages 627-647, November.

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