Handbook of Research Methods and Applications in Transport Economics and Policy

Handbook of Research Methods and Applications in Transport Economics and Policy

Handbooks of Research Methods and Applications series

Edited by Chris Nash

Transport economics and policy analysis is a field which has seen major advances in methodology in recent decades, covering issues such as estimating cost functions, modelling of demand, dealing with externalities, examining industry ownership and structure, pricing and investment decisions and measuring economic impacts. This Handbook contains reviews of all these methods, with an emphasis on practical applications, commissioned from an international cast of experts in the field.

Chapter 11: Freight demand

Gerard de Jong

Subjects: economics and finance, transport, environment, research methods in the environment, transport, research methods, research methods in economics, research methods in the environment, urban and regional studies, research methods in urban and regional studies, transport


Just like passenger transport, freight transport is a derived demand, in this case derived from the product markets. Knowledge about the situation and the trends on these markets is indispensable for understanding freight transport. Defining freight transport demand is much more straightforward than measuring it. Freight transport demand refers to the required volume of goods movement between different locations. There are many different ways this volume can be measured, and different operational definitions of freight transport correspond with different drivers of demand, policy levers and impacts on society.

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