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Transport, Trade and Economic Growth — Coupled or Decoupled?

An Inquiry into Relationships between Transport, Trade and Economic Growth and into User Preferences concerning Growth-oriented Transport Policy

  • ifmo Institut für Mobilitätsforschung


  • New findings about relationship between transport, trade and economic growth.

  • It helps politicians, analysts and companies to clarify their interrests regarding transport.

  • It comprises new information about preferences of industrial enterprises and trading firms regarding relevance of costs and quality of transport.


Part of the Mobilitätsverhalten in der Freizeit book series (IFMO)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XIII
  2. ifmo Institut für Mobilitätsforschung
    Pages 1-4
  3. ifmo Institut für Mobilitätsforschung
    Pages 5-8
  4. ifmo Institut für Mobilitätsforschung
    Pages 77-106
  5. ifmo Institut für Mobilitätsforschung
    Pages 107-119

About this book


Over the past decade, the transport industry has been the target of growing criticism over its role in the pollution of the environment, while the advocates of free trade stress the importance of transport in enhancing economic growth and consequently living standards. These starkly contrasting viewpoints have created a dilemma for politicians and business people alike. In order to address this challenge, the first part of this book provides an empirical analysis of the relationship between transport and economic growth, or more specifically, whether the "decoupling" of transport and economic growth is possible. Focusing on growth-oriented transport policy, the second part of this book provides details on the user preferences of logistic managers concerning the characteristics of transport infrastructure and services.


GDP adaptive conjoint analysis competetiveness cost function modeling decoupling developed economics economic growth empirical evidence freight transport function modeling methodology microeconomic considerations regression analysis trade trade theory transport costs transport growth transport infrastructure transport policy transport quality

Editors and affiliations

  • ifmo Institut für Mobilitätsforschung
    • 1
  1. 1.Eine Forschungseinrichtung der BMW GroupBerlinGermany

About the editors

Ms. Feige currently works as a Research Manager at the Institute for Mobility Research (ifmo) in Berlin. Ms. Feige completed her master’s degree in the field of Economics and Business Administration at the University of Innsbruck, the Wirtschaftsuniversität Vienna and the University of Verona. This book is a component of her doctoral studies in the Department of Economics at the University of Innsbruck.

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