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Hypercongestion

  • Small, K.A.
  • Chu, X.

The standard economic model for analyzing tarffic congestion, due to A.A. Walters, incorporates a relationship between speed and traffic flow. Empirical measurements indicate a region, known as hypercongestion, in which speed increase with flow. We argue that this relationship is unsuitable as a supply curve for equilibrium analysis because hyperongestion occurs as a response to transient demand fluctuations.

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Paper provided by California Irvine - School of Social Sciences in its series Papers with number 97-98-12.

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Length: 31 pages
Date of creation: 1997
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Handle: RePEc:fth:calirv:97-98-12
Contact details of provider: Postal: UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA IRVINE, SCHOOL OF SOCIAL SCIENCES, IRVINECALIFORNIA 91717 U.S.A.

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