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The Coordination Problem in a Structural Model of Peak-Period Congestion: An Experimental Study

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  • Gabuthy Yannick

    () (BETA, CNRS, University Nancy 2, France)

  • Neveu Matthieu

    (GATE, CNRS, University Lyon 2, France)

  • Denant-Boemont Laurent

    (CREM, CNRS, University Rennes 1, France)

Abstract

The purpose of our paper is to generalize the model by Arnott et al. (1990a) to situations with a single origin and destination connected by two routes and to test the analytical results in an experiment with discrete time departure choices. The experimental evidence does not support the theoretical predictions: While the accumulated experience creates significant learning effects which imply a positive evolution of the empirical travel costs towards the equilibrium, the Nash hypothesis is still rejected and the commuting system shows substantial fluctuations until the end of the experiment.

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  • Gabuthy Yannick & Neveu Matthieu & Denant-Boemont Laurent, 2006. "The Coordination Problem in a Structural Model of Peak-Period Congestion: An Experimental Study," Review of Network Economics, De Gruyter, vol. 5(2), pages 1-26, June.
  • Handle: RePEc:bpj:rneart:v:5:y:2006:i:2:n:5
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    1. Terry E. Daniel & Eyran J. Gisches & Amnon Rapoport, 2009. "Departure Times in Y-Shaped Traffic Networks with Multiple Bottlenecks," American Economic Review, American Economic Association, vol. 99(5), pages 2149-2176, December.
    2. Chidambaram, Bhuvanachithra & Janssen, Marco A. & Rommel, Jens & Zikos, Dimitrios, 2014. "Commuters’ mode choice as a coordination problem: A framed field experiment on traffic policy in Hyderabad, India," Transportation Research Part A: Policy and Practice, Elsevier, vol. 65(C), pages 9-22.
    3. Emmanuel Dechenaux & Shakun Mago & Laura Razzolini, 2014. "Traffic congestion: an experimental study of the Downs-Thomson paradox," Experimental Economics, Springer;Economic Science Association, vol. 17(3), pages 461-487, September.
    4. repec:eee:phsmap:v:483:y:2017:i:c:p:74-82 is not listed on IDEAS
    5. Hartman, John Lawrence, 2007. "The Relevance of Heterogeneity in a Congested Route Network with Tolls: An Analysis of Two Experiments Using Actual Waiting Times and Monetized Time Costs," University of California at Santa Barbara, Economics Working Paper Series qt22b46341, Department of Economics, UC Santa Barbara.

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