Speed and income
The relationship between speed and income is established in a micro- economic model focusing on the trade-off between travel time and the risk of receiving a penalty for exceeding the speed limit. This is used to determine when a rational driver will choose to exceed the speed limit. The relationship between speed and income is found again in the empirical analysis of a cross-sectional dataset comprising 60.000 observations of car trips. This is utilised to perform regressions of speed on income, distance travelled and a number of controls. The results are clearly significant and indicate an average income elasticity of speed of 0.03; it is smaller at short distances and about twice as large at the longest distance investigated of 200 km.
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- Gander, James P., 1985. "A utility-theory analysis of automobile speed under uncertainty of enforcement," Transportation Research Part B: Methodological, Elsevier, vol. 19(3), pages 187-195, June.
- Rienstra, S.A. & Rietveld, P., 1996. "Speed behaviour of car drivers: a statistical analysis of acceptance of changes in speed policies in the Netherlands," Serie Research Memoranda 0007, VU University Amsterdam, Faculty of Economics, Business Administration and Econometrics.
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