Handbook of Research Methods and Applications in Transport Economics and Policy


Handbook of Research Methods and Applications in Transport Economics and Policy

9781786439826 Edward Elgar Publishing
Edited by Chris Nash, Research Professor, Institute for Transport Studies, University of Leeds, UK and Visiting Professor, Masaryk University, Czech Republic
Publication Date: 2017 ISBN: 978 1 78643 982 6 Extent: 456 pp
Transport economics and policy analysis is a field which has seen major advances in methodology in recent decades, covering issues such as estimating cost functions, modelling of demand, dealing with externalities, examining industry ownership and structure, pricing and investment decisions and measuring economic impacts. This Handbook contains reviews of all these methods, with an emphasis on practical applications, commissioned from an international cast of experts in the field.

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Transport economics and policy analysis is a field which has seen major advances in methodology in recent decades. The transport sector has many unique characteristics – non-storability, economies of scale and scope, indivisibilities and the extensive production of positive and negative externalities – that need careful consideration in any analysis. The aim of this Handbook is to provide an overview of the essential research methods with illustrations of how they are applied in practice.

The book is divided into six sections – transport costs, externalities, transport demand, pricing and investment, deregulation and privatisation, and transport policy impacts. Each section comprises several chapters, divided by mode of transport or other relevant factor.

Some of the unique features include:
• a comprehensive overview of methods used in transport economics and policy analysis from leading researchers in the field
• up-to-date methodology for analysing transport costs and demand
• examples of how to value the full range of externalities of transport, including both costs and benefits
• guidance on how to assess the impact of privatisation and (de)regulation, with examples from local public transport, rail and air
• identification of the relevant factors involved in transport pricing, including roads, public transport, ports and airports
• an analysis of the neglected topic of equity in transport.

This illustrative overview of research methods will be essential to researchers, students and practitioners in academia, government and business.
Critical Acclaim
‘This book’s title reveals a great ambition and the content, which covers all transport modes and all critical issues of our discipline, reaches a remarkable level of thoroughness. I have no doubt that this book will become a most valuable tool for students and researchers in transport economics.’
– Alain Bonnafous, University of Lyon, France
Contributors: J. Bates, O. Betancor, B. de Borger, J. de Dios Ortuzar, G. de Jong, G. de Rus, T. Fowkes, J. Holmgren, G. Lindberg, H. Link, R. Liu, A. Ljungberg, A.D. May, H. Meersman, S. Morrison, C. Nash, J.-E. Nilsson, J. Owen Jansson, S. Pettersen Strandenes, J. Preston, S. Proost, L.I. Rizzi, W. Rothengatter, S. Shepherd, A. Smith, J. Stanley, J. Stanley, D. Van de Velde, E. Van de Voorde, R. Vickerman, P. Wheat, M. Wolanski

1. Introduction
Chris Nash

2. Road and Rail Infrastructure Costs
Heike Link

3. Public Transport Operations Costs
Andrew Smith, Phill Wheat and Michal Wolanski

4. Freight Costs
Tony Fowkes

5. Valuing Transport Externalities
Luis I. Rizzi and Juan de Dios Ortúzar

6. Road Congestion
Anthony D. May, Ronghui Liu and Simon Shepherd

7. Congestion and Scarcity in Scheduled Transport Modes
Jan-Eric Nilsson

8. Accidents
Gunnar Lindberg

9. Demand for Road transport
John Bates

10. Public Transport Demand
John Preston

11. Freight Demand
Gerard de Jong

12. Road Pricing and Investment
Bruno de Borger and Stef Proost

13. Pricing Public Transport Services
Jan Owen Jansson, Johan Holmgren and Anders Ljungberg

14. Airport Pricing and Investment
Ginés de Rus and Ofelia Betancor

15. Port Pricing
Hilde Meersman, Siri Pettersen Strandenes and Eddy Van de Voorde,

16. Local and Regional Public Transport
Didier Van de Velde

17. Rail
Chris Nash

18. Airlines
Steve Morrison

Part VI Transport Policy Impacts
19. Economic Impacts of Transport Policy
Roger Vickerman

20. Approaches to Internalisation of Transport Externalities
Werner Rothengatter

21. Equity in Transport
John Stanley and Janet Stanley


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