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Is there room for shared cars in Italy? Considerations from some recent experiences

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  • Laurino, Antonio
  • Grimaldi, Raffaele

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Car sharing is increasing its role worldwide as an alternative transport mode, that could contribute to a more sustainable urban mobility by reducing congestion and pollution. The paper focuses on the understanding of which are the main characteristics of this service starting from the literature on this topic both in terms of user profile and impact of the service; in the second part of the paper, the Italian context will be presented starting from the analysis of four Italian experiences with a particular focus on Milan’s car sharing. Summarizing the conclusion, it emerges that to date, the overall impact on transport is still quite low, in part due to a scarce integration and coordination with other transport modes and in part because car is still perceived primarily as a status symbol and a “good” rather than as a “service”. Therefore, car sharing can perform as a significant complementary and sustainable solution to mobility needs only in a context of cultural change and inside a transport policy aimed at changing transport behavior.

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  • Laurino, Antonio & Grimaldi, Raffaele, 2011. "Is there room for shared cars in Italy? Considerations from some recent experiences," MPRA Paper 33100, University Library of Munich, Germany.
  • Handle: RePEc:pra:mprapa:33100
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    1. Shaheen, Susan & Cohen, Adam P. & Chung, Melissa, 2008. "North American Carsharing: A Ten-Year Retrospective," Institute of Transportation Studies, Working Paper Series qt8jg510td, Institute of Transportation Studies, UC Davis.
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    Keywords

    car sharing; sustainable mobility; transport policy; urban mobility; peer to peer car sharing;

    JEL classification:

    • Q50 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Environmental Economics - - - General
    • R40 - Urban, Rural, Regional, Real Estate, and Transportation Economics - - Transportation Economics - - - General

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