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Modeling Heterogeneity in Trip-distributions with Partial Information

  • Jörnsten, Kurt


    (Dept. of Finance and Management Science, Norwegian School of Economics and Business Administration)

  • Kleppe, Gisle


    (Stord/Haugesund University College)

  • Thorsen, Inge


    (Stord/Haugesund University College)

  • Ubøe, Jan


    (Dept. of Finance and Management Science, Norwegian School of Economics and Business Administration)

In this paper we propose a modified gravity model that takes into account that a population generally consists of heterogeneous groups, and we suggest a new statistical test for heterogeneity. We apply our new model to two real world data sets, and it turns out that this new model fits the data surpricingly well. Not only is the effect of heterogeneity strongly significant, the model also provides far better fits than traditional trip-distribution models on these particular data sets.

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Paper provided by Department of Business and Management Science, Norwegian School of Economics in its series Discussion Papers with number 2007/23.

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Length: 25 pages
Date of creation: 08 Oct 2007
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Handle: RePEc:hhs:nhhfms:2007_023
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  1. Mitchel Y. Abolafia (ed.), 2005. "Markets," Books, Edward Elgar, number 2788, April.
  2. Gitlesen, Jens Petter & Kleppe, Gisle & Thorsen, Inge & Ubøe, Jan, 2006. "An empirically based implementation and evaluation of a network model for commuting flows," Discussion Papers 2006/4, Department of Business and Management Science, Norwegian School of Economics.
  3. Jörnsten, Kurt & Ubøe, Jan, 2005. "Efficient Statistical Equilibria in Markets," Discussion Papers 2005/2, Department of Business and Management Science, Norwegian School of Economics.
  4. Kurt J�rnsten & Inge Thorsen & Jan Ub�e, 2004. "Replication/prediction problems in the journey to work," Environment and Planning A, Pion Ltd, London, vol. 36(2), pages 347-364, February.
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