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Papers in Regional Science

, Volume 80, Issue 2, pp 139–164 | Cite as

Benefits and costs of transport

Classification, methodologies and policies
  • T.R. Lakshmanan
  • P. Nijkamp
  • P. Rietveld
  • E.T. Verhoef
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Abstract.

This article aims to bring together insights from a broad body of recent literature concerned with the nature, the measurement and policy implications of benefits and costs of transport. It is argued that, for various reasons, transport cannot be treated as an ‘ordinary’ economic sector, and the policy implications of a number of the sector's peculiarities are addressed. Explicit attention is given to spatial aspects and network elements, internal and external benefits and co sts, and efficiency aspects and equity considerations in policy making.

JEL classification: D61, H40, R40 
Key words: Transport, benefits, costs, evaluation 

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© Regional Science Association International (RSAI) Urbana, USA 2001

Authors and Affiliations

  • T.R. Lakshmanan
    • 1
  • P. Nijkamp
    • 2
  • P. Rietveld
    • 2
  • E.T. Verhoef
    • 2
  1. 1.Executive Director, Center for Energy and Environmental Studies, Boston University, 675 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston, MA 02215 (e-mail: laksh@crsa.bu.edu) US
  2. 2.Department of Spatial Economics, Free University, De Boelelaan 1105, 1081 HV Amsterdam, The Netherlands (e-mail: pnijkamp@econ.vu.nl, prietveld@econ.vu.nl, everhoef@econ.vu.nl) NL

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