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Pricing in Road Transport

Pricing in Road Transport

A Multi-Disciplinary Perspective

Edited by Erik Verhoef, Michiel Bliemer, Linda Steg and Bert van Wee

Transport pricing is high on the political agenda throughout the world, but as the authors illustrate, governments seeking to implement this often face challenging questions and significant barriers. The associated policy and research questions cannot always be addressed adequately from a mono-disciplinary perspective. This book shows how a multi-disciplinary approach may lead to new types of analysis and insights, contributing to a better understanding of the intricacies of transport pricing and eventually to a potentially more effective and acceptable design of such policies. The study addresses important policy and research themes such as the possible motives for introducing road transport pricing and potential conflicts between these motives, behavioural responses to transport pricing for households and firms, the modelling of transport pricing, and the acceptability of pricing.

Chapter 16: Conclusions and Directions of Further Research

Bert van Wee, Michiel Bliemer, Linda Steg and Erik Verhoef

Subjects: economics and finance, transport, environment, transport, urban and regional studies, transport


Bert van Wee, Michiel Bliemer, Linda Steg and Erik Verhoef The various chapters in this book have provided deeper insight into the design and effects of road-pricing schemes, focusing on different aspects of pricing, and taking different perspectives to study them. In this final chapter, we shall not try to repeat all the conclusions from the previous chapters. Rather, we draw some more general conclusions. Furthermore, we identify some possible directions of further research. 16.1 GENERAL CONCLUSIONS A first conclusion is that multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary transport research, as we had hoped, does indeed often produce new insights and fresh perspectives, especially so in studies of multifaceted phenomena with direct policy relevance, such as transport pricing. Several of the chapters in this book are based on multidisciplinary research that aims to integrate the insights of economists, psychologists, civil engineers and geographers. Partly based on this experience, we consider such multidisciplinary research as very fruitful. The collaboration between scientists with different backgrounds has resulted in rewarding interactions, and even cross-fertilization. For example, civil engineers aim to implement in practice theoretical optimal pricing schemes proposed by economists, thereby taking practical second-best limitations explicitly into account. Additionally, the psychologists contribute in furthering the way in which travel behaviour can be put into models, by questioning the rationale of making certain assumptions on travellers’ behaviour responses, such as the economists’ and engineers’ natural starting-point of assuming rational, utility-maximizing agents. This was not only inspiring for the researchers, but we think that...

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