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Factors explaining urban transport systems in large European cities: A cross-sectional approach

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  • Daniel Albalate

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    (Faculty of Economics, University of Barcelona)

  • Germà Bel

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    (Faculty of Economics, University of Barcelona)

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The importance of effective and efficient mobility in large cities is becoming essential for planners and citizens due to its impact in terms of social, economic and geographic development. The aim of this research is to determine factors explaining urban transport systems by estimating aggregate supply and demand equations for 45 large European cities. Supply and Demand equations are separately and jointly determined using OLS and SUR estimation models. On one hand, our findings suggest the importance of economic variables on the supply of public transport. On the other, we highlight the role of those factors influencing the generalized cost of transport as main drivers of demand for public transit. Additionally, regional variables are introduced to capture institutional heterogeneity in this service, and we find that regional patterns are powerful explanatory determinants of urban transportation systems in Europe.

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Paper provided by University of Barcelona, Research Institute of Applied Economics in its series IREA Working Papers with number 200905.

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Length: 27 pages
Date of creation: Apr 2009
Date of revision: Apr 2009
Handle: RePEc:ira:wpaper:200905

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Keywords: Urban transportation; Local government policy; Mobility.;

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