Pricing, Capacity Choice, and Financing in Transportation Networks

32 Pages Posted: 29 Sep 2004

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Erik T. Verhoef

VU University Amsterdam - Department of Spatial Economics; Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, School of Business and Economics; Tinbergen Institute - Tinbergen Institute Amsterdam (TIA)

Jan Rouwendal

VU University Amsterdam - Department of Spatial Economics; Tinbergen Institute

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Abstract

This paper explores interrelations between pricing, capacity choice, and financing in transportation networks. We build on the Mohring-Harwitz result on self-financing of optimally designed and priced roads and investigate it in a network environment under various types of second-best regulation. A small network model with endogenous car ownership demonstrates that optimal congestion pricing and capacity choice over an entire network may cause user prices to increase more in initially mildly congested areas compared to heavily congested areas. Furthermore, a flat kilometer charge under optimal capacity choice may result in first-best efficiency gains.

Suggested Citation

Verhoef, Erik T. and Rouwendal, Jan, Pricing, Capacity Choice, and Financing in Transportation Networks. Journal of Regional Science, Vol. 44, No. 3, pp. 405-435, August 2004. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=592565

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Jan Rouwendal

VU University Amsterdam - Department of Spatial Economics ( email )

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Tinbergen Institute ( email )

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Rotterdam, 3062 PA
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