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A Structural Model of Peak-Period Congestion: A Traffic Bottleneck with Elastic Demand

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  • Arnott, Richard
  • de Palma, Andre
  • Lindsey, Robin

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This paper considers the modeling of road congestion subject to peak-load demand. The standard model contains ambiguities and is poorly specified. These problems can be eliminated by working with a structural model that explicitly treats the congestion technology and drivers' behavioral decisions. The paper provides a detailed analysis of a particular structural model--William Vickrey' s model of bottleneck congestion in the morning rush-hour auto commute extended to treat elastic (i.e., price-sensitive) demand--and examin es some economic implications of the structural approach. Copyright 1993 by American Economic Association.

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  • Arnott, Richard & de Palma, Andre & Lindsey, Robin, 1993. "A Structural Model of Peak-Period Congestion: A Traffic Bottleneck with Elastic Demand," American Economic Review, American Economic Association, vol. 83(1), pages 161-179, March.
  • Handle: RePEc:aea:aecrev:v:83:y:1993:i:1:p:161-79
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