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Information & communication technologies - panacea for traffic congestion?


  • Stefan Heng

    (Deutsche Bank)


As road pricing, telematics and logistics evolve, information and communication technologies (ICT) aim directly at making traffic flow more efficiently in a given infrastructure. Furthermore, the virtual world gives rise to new business fields and decentralised structures which affect the development of transport indirectly. While technological progress continues to drive qualitative improvements in traffic conditions, e-business and telework in particular have, for structural reasons, a much less pronounced effect on traffic than widely presumed. ICT helps in organising traffic flows more efficiently and plays a supplementary role as transport-relevant instrument, but it is not a panacea for traffic congestion.

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  • Stefan Heng, 2004. "Information & communication technologies - panacea for traffic congestion?," Law and Economics 0407002, University Library of Munich, Germany.
  • Handle: RePEc:wpa:wuwple:0407002
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    traffic; autobahn; ICT; LBS; mobile telephony;

    JEL classification:

    • E22 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Consumption, Saving, Production, Employment, and Investment - - - Investment; Capital; Intangible Capital; Capacity
    • K23 - Law and Economics - - Regulation and Business Law - - - Regulated Industries and Administrative Law
    • L92 - Industrial Organization - - Industry Studies: Transportation and Utilities - - - Railroads and Other Surface Transportation
    • O32 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Innovation; Research and Development; Technological Change; Intellectual Property Rights - - - Management of Technological Innovation and R&D
    • R4 - Urban, Rural, Regional, Real Estate, and Transportation Economics - - Transportation Economics

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