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Optimum congestion pricing in a complex network

  • Babri, Sahar


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

  • McArthur, David Philip


    (Dept. of Health Management and Health Economics, University of Oslo)

  • Thorsen, Inge


    (Dept. of Economics, Stord/Haugesund University College)

  • Ubøe, Jan


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

Road tolls are a well established way of dealing with problems of congestion. Over recent years, the literature has expanded to take account of how congestion charges might interact with imperfections in other markets. In this paper, we consider the case where congestion occurs within a complex road network, with congestion on multiple links. To derive a truly optimal toll, account must be taken of the entire network. As a case study, we take a stylised version of the road network in Bergen, Norway.

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Paper provided by Department of Business and Management Science, Norwegian School of Economics in its series Discussion Papers with number 2013/4.

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Length: 22 pages
Date of creation: 27 May 2013
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Handle: RePEc:hhs:nhhfms:2013_004
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