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The Value of "Value Princing" of Roads: Second-Best Pricing and Product Differentiation

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  • Small, K.A.
  • Yan, J.

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Some road-pricing demonstrations use an approach called "value-pricing", in which travelers can choose between a free but congested roadway. Recent research has uncovered a potentially serious problem for such demonstrations: in certain models, second-best tolls are far lower than those typically charged, and the welfare gains from profit maximization are small or even negative.

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  • Small, K.A. & Yan, J., 1999. "The Value of "Value Princing" of Roads: Second-Best Pricing and Product Differentiation," Papers 99-00-02, California Irvine - School of Social Sciences.
  • Handle: RePEc:fth:calirv:99-00-02
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    Keywords

    PRICES ; ROADS ; SOCIAL WELFARE;
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    JEL classification:

    • R41 - Urban, Rural, Regional, Real Estate, and Transportation Economics - - Transportation Economics - - - Transportation: Demand, Supply, and Congestion; Travel Time; Safety and Accidents; Transportation Noise
    • R48 - Urban, Rural, Regional, Real Estate, and Transportation Economics - - Transportation Economics - - - Government Pricing and Policy
    • D62 - Microeconomics - - Welfare Economics - - - Externalities

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