Operating Costs for Trucks

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David Matthew Levinson

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Michael J. Corbett

HDR, Inc.

Maryam Hashami

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Date Written: 2005

Abstract

This study estimates the operating costs for commercial vehicle operators in Minnesota. A survey of firms that undertake commercial truck road movements was performed. The average operating cost per kilometer for commercial vehicle operators was calculated from the survey responses. Results show that the translog and Cobb-Douglas models have approximately equal explanatory power in estimating the total cost from the data. The models also revealed the presence of nearly constant returns to scale, a finding consistent with earlier studies; an increase in output (total truckloads) of 1% increases total costs by 1.04%.

Keywords: operating cost, commercial vehicle operators, Cobb-Douglas, transportation, trucking

JEL Classification: R40, L92

Suggested Citation

Levinson, David Matthew and Corbett, Michael J. and Hashami, Maryam, Operating Costs for Trucks (2005). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1736159 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1736159

David Matthew Levinson (Contact Author)

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Michael J. Corbett

HDR, Inc. ( email )

701 Xenia Avenue South, Suite 600
Minneapolis, MN 55416
United States

Maryam Hashami

affiliation not provided to SSRN ( email )

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