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The Ramsey problem for congestible facilities

  • Arnott, Richard
  • Kraus, Marvin

In recent years, a new set of models drawing on Vickrey [1969] has been developed to analyze the economics of congestible facilities. These models are structural in that they derive the cost function from consumers' time-of-use decisions and the congestion technology. Standard models, in contrast, simply assume the general form of the cost function. We apply the new approach to analyze the Ramsey problem for a congestible facility, and show that the solution generally entails cost inefficiency. Standard models have failed to reveal this result because they treat the cost function as completely determined by technology.

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Volume (Year): 50 (1993)
Issue (Month): 3 (March)
Pages: 371-396

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Handle: RePEc:eee:pubeco:v:50:y:1993:i:3:p:371-396
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