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Pricing of Transport Networks, Redistribution and Optimal Taxation

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  • Russo, Antonio

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We study optimal pricing of roads and public transport in presence of nonlinear in- come taxation. Individuals are heterogeneous in unobservable earning ability. Optimal transport tarifs depend on time costs of travel and work schedule adjustments (days and hours worked per day) as a response to commuting costs. We find that discounts for low income individuals are optimal only if the time cost of a trip is small enough. Lower travel time costs facilitate screening: therefore, redistribution provides an additional motive for congestion pricing. Finally, we investigate the desirability of means-testing of transport tarifs.

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Paper provided by Toulouse School of Economics (TSE) in its series TSE Working Papers with number 12-353.

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Keywords: road pricing; public transport pricing; income taxation; meanstesting;

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  1. CANTA, Chiara & LEROUX, Marie-Louise, 2013. "Public and private hospitals, congestion, and redistribution," CORE Discussion Papers 2013041, Université catholique de Louvain, Center for Operations Research and Econometrics (CORE).

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