Shifting Death to Their Alternatives: The Case of Toll Motorways
University of Barcelona
October 1, 2007
XREAP Working Paper No. 2007-9
A renewed interest on the use of tolls for funding motorways and regulating their demands has been recovered in the last years. However, less attention has been put to the road safety effects derived from this policy. Although toll motorways show quality levels equal or above free motorways, charging users for the use of better infrastructure shifts some traffic to their low quality adjacent alternatives. In the present study we test whether charging for the use of the better road might negatively affect road safety in the worst adjacent road. The results confirm our hypothesis opening a new concern.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 32
Keywords: Road Safety, Tolls, Motorways and Transportation
JEL Classification: H23, I18, R48
Date posted: May 25, 2011
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