SPATIO-ECONOMIC FLEXIBILITY AND PRICE SENSITIVITY OF ROAD FREIGHT TRANSPORT

RUIMTELJK-ECONOMISCHE FLEXIBILITEIT EN PRIJSGEVOELIGHEID VAN HET GOEDERENWEGVERVOER

It is often assumed that economic growth is automatically followed by freight transport volume increases. However, in this article it is argued that transport volume rises are usually linked to spatio-economic changes in economics. Transport distances grow much faster than economic output in tons. The article reviews price elasticity where road freight transport is concerned. Based on a few relevant studies, the conclusion is drawn that price elasticity probably lies between -0.7 and -1.1 which is much higher than is generally assumed. These findings, combined with certain theoretical and micro economic considerations, lead to the conclusion that spatio-economic patterns are rather flexible. The implication is that transport volume growth can be influenced to some extent. So, demand management could become a new element in freight transport policy. (A)

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    SAMSOM H.D. TJEENK WILLINK BV

    P O BOX 316
    ALPHEN AAN DEN RIJN,   Netherlands  2400 AH
  • Authors:
    • BLEIJENBERG, A N
  • Publication Date: 1998

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  • Dutch

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  • Features: References;
  • Pagination: p. 19-29
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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00764209
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Institute for Road Safety Research, SWOV
  • Files: ITRD
  • Created Date: May 28 1999 12:00AM