Topic: 13.1 Surface Passenger

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Optimal Pricing of Urban Passenger transport: A Simulation Exercise for Belgium

First, a simple theoretical model is developed that determines optimal prices for private and urban transport services in both the peak and off-peak periods of the day, taking into account all relevant private and external costs. Second, the model is implemented to study pricing policies in Belgium, using recent estimates of private and social marginal costs. Several applications are then considered.

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Second-Best Regulation of Road transport Externalities

The paper examines the welfare characteristics of second-best alternatives to first-best differentiated road pricing, when it is not possible to achieve optimal tax differentiation. The optimal second-best fee is found to be a weighted average of the first-best differentiated fees, the weights depending on factors such as elasticities and group sizes. The welfare effects of second-best regulation are evaluated.

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A Simulation of Price Discriminating Tolls

A computer simulation is used to compared uniform tolls on a congested facility against a price-discriminating toll scheme. The simulation illustrates that consumers would gain from discriminatory tolls. Price-discriminating user fees on crowded facilities with rationing by queues should be given due consideration.

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Road Congestion Pricing: When is it a Good Policy?

This paper makes use of a model to investigate two objections to road congestion pricing: it may be inequitable and it generates perverse incentives for governments. The paper investigates how different congestion delay functions and different mixes of traffic affect these objections. The first is sensitive to these features; the second is more pervasive.

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