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Climate Change and Inland Waterway Transport: Welfare Effects of Low Water Levels on the river Rhine

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  • Olaf Jonkeren
  • Piet Rietveld
  • Jos van Ommeren

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The authors derive the annual welfare effects of low water levels on the river Rhine employing detailed trip data reported by bargemen between January 2003 and July 2005. They find a considerable effect of water levels on freight price per ton and load factor, but the effect on the price per trip is close to zero. Using water level information over a period of almost 20 years, the average annual welfare loss due to low water levels is estimated to be about €28 million. In years with extremely low water levels, such as in 2003, the loss amounts to about €91 million, about 13 per cent of the market turnover in the part of the Rhine market considered. © 2007 LSE and the University of Bath

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  • Olaf Jonkeren & Piet Rietveld & Jos van Ommeren, 2007. "Climate Change and Inland Waterway Transport: Welfare Effects of Low Water Levels on the river Rhine," Journal of Transport Economics and Policy, University of Bath, vol. 41(3), pages 387-411, September.
  • Handle: RePEc:tpe:jtecpo:v:41:y:2007:i:3:p:387-411
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