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Shifting Death to Their Alternatives: The Case of Toll Motorways

XREAP Working Paper No. 2007-9

32 Pages Posted: 25 May 2011  

Daniel Albalate

University of Barcelona

Date Written: October 1, 2007

Abstract

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.

Keywords: Road Safety, Tolls, Motorways and Transportation

JEL Classification: H23, I18, R48

Suggested Citation

Albalate, Daniel, Shifting Death to Their Alternatives: The Case of Toll Motorways (October 1, 2007). XREAP Working Paper No. 2007-9. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1847594 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1847594

Daniel Albalate (Contact Author)

University of Barcelona ( email )

Gran Via de les Corts Catalanes, 585
Barcelona, 08007
Spain

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