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Hedonic pricing models for metropolitan bus services


  • Terence tai-leung Chong

    () (Department of Economics, The Chinese University of Hong Kong)

  • Angela Fung

    () (Department of Finance, The Chinese University of Hong Kong)

  • Wing-ting Lee

    () (Department of Finance, The Chinese University of Hong Kong)

  • Ka-lai Man

    () (Department of Finance, The Chinese University of Hong Kong)


Conventional studies on the pricing of bus services use the cost structure to explain bus fares. In this paper, a hedonic pricing model for bus services in Hong Kong is estimated. The contributions of cost and market factors are uncovered. It is found that the cost factors dominate the determination of bus fares. In contrast to our expectation, bus fares do not react to competition faced by bus companies. Moreover, except the three cross-harbour tunnels, the bus fare has no direct relationship with the tolls of other tunnels. Our model serves well as a reference tool for bus companies to set market-acceptable bus fares.

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  • Terence tai-leung Chong & Angela Fung & Wing-ting Lee & Ka-lai Man, 2009. "Hedonic pricing models for metropolitan bus services," Economics Bulletin, AccessEcon, vol. 29(2), pages 630-637.
  • Handle: RePEc:ebl:ecbull:eb-09-00143

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    Hedonic Pricing Model; Bus Fares; Kowloon Motor Bus.;

    JEL classification:

    • R4 - Urban, Rural, Regional, Real Estate, and Transportation Economics - - Transportation Economics
    • C2 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Single Equation Models; Single Variables


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