Road Pricing as a Citizen-Candidate Game
Università degli Studi di Urbino, "Carlo Bo"
Marco A. Marini
Sapienza Università di Roma ; CREI, University Rome III
IMT Lucca Institute for Advanced Studies
European Transport/Trasporti Europei, No. 31, pp. 28-45, 2005
We construct a political economy model to analyze the political acceptability of road pricing policies. We use a citizen-candidate framework with a population composed by three groups differing for their income level. We show that road pricing policies are never applied when there is no redistribution of the resources in favour of other modes of transport or when the congestion of these types of transport is relatively high. The results suggest that the efficiency of the redistribution of resources from road to the alternative types of transport as well as the fraction of the population that uses the road transport are key factors in explaining the adoption of road pricing schemes.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 18
Keywords: Road pricing; Political acceptability; Citizen-candidate.
JEL Classification: L90, L91, L92
Date posted: December 20, 2010