The Economics of Transportation Network Growth

ESSAYS ON TRANSPORTATION ECONOMICS, Pablo Coto Millán & Vicente Inglada, eds., Springer, 2007

23 Pages Posted: 7 Jan 2011 Last revised: 21 Jan 2011

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Lei Zhang

Oregon State University

David Matthew Levinson

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Date Written: 2007

Abstract

A number of factors influence the efficiency, productivity, and welfare of transportation networks. Travel demand, user costs, and facility supply costs equilibrate on various time scales under a set of pricing (taxes and tolls), investment and ownership policies. The growth (and decline) of transportation networks obviously affects the social and economic activities that a region can support, yet the dynamics of how such growth occurs is one of the least understood areas in transportation, geography, urban economics, and regional science. This chapter is therefore exploratory in nature, investigating these modeling needs and possible solutions. Another purpose of this chapter is to demonstrate how a network growth model can improve transportation planning in ways shortrun network models cannot achieve.

Keywords: networks, transportation, planning, urban planning

JEL Classification: O21, R40, R41

Suggested Citation

Zhang, Lei and Levinson, David Matthew, The Economics of Transportation Network Growth (2007). ESSAYS ON TRANSPORTATION ECONOMICS, Pablo Coto Millán & Vicente Inglada, eds., Springer, 2007. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1736042

Lei Zhang

Oregon State University ( email )

Bexell Hall 200
Corvallis, OR 97331
United States

David Matthew Levinson (Contact Author)

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