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Speed and income

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  • Mogens Fosgerau

    (Danish Transport Research Institute)

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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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  • Mogens Fosgerau, 2004. "Speed and income," Urban/Regional 0405002, University Library of Munich, Germany.
  • Handle: RePEc:wpa:wuwpur:0405002
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    2. Sylvain Weber, 2017. "Consumers' preferences on the Swiss car market," IRENE Working Papers 16-12, IRENE Institute of Economic Research.
    3. Muhammad Sabir & Jos Ommeren & Mark Koetse & Piet Rietveld, 2011. "Adverse Weather and Commuting Speed," Networks and Spatial Economics, Springer, vol. 11(4), pages 701-712, December.
    4. Muhammad Sabir & Jos van Ommeren & Mark Koetse & Piet Rietveld, 2008. "Welfare Effects of Adverse Weather through Speed Changes in Car Commuting Trips," Tinbergen Institute Discussion Papers 08-087/3, Tinbergen Institute.
    5. McQuaid, Ronald W., 2009. "A model of the travel to work limits of parents," Research in Transportation Economics, Elsevier, vol. 25(1), pages 19-28.
    6. Borger, Bruno De, 2011. "Optimal congestion taxes in a time allocation model," Transportation Research Part B: Methodological, Elsevier, vol. 45(1), pages 79-95, January.
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    8. Elvik, Rune, 2006. "Are individual preferences always a legitimate basis for evaluating the costs and benefits of public policy?: The case of road traffic law enforcement," Transport Policy, Elsevier, vol. 13(5), pages 379-385, September.

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    Keywords

    Speed; income;

    JEL classification:

    • R41 - Urban, Rural, Regional, Real Estate, and Transportation Economics - - Transportation Economics - - - Transportation: Demand, Supply, and Congestion; Travel Time; Safety and Accidents; Transportation Noise

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