THE RELEVANCE OF ROAD-PRICING IN DEVELOPING COUNTRIES: SOME RESULTS FOR TANZANIA

THE AUTHOR QUESTIONS WHETHER OR NOT THE EMPHASIS PLACED ON MARGINAL COST PRICING AND OPTIMUM RESOURCE ALLOCATION WITHIN THE ROAD SECTOR CAN BE JUSTIFIED IN TERMS OF THE NET BENEFITS THAT MAY RESULT FROM THE ADOPTION AND IMPLEMENTATION OF A SYSTEM OF ROAD-USER CHARGING IN DEVELOPING COUNTRIES. THE ROLE OF ROAD-USER CHARGES AS A SOURCE OF GOVERNMENT REVENUE IS ASSESSED, AND CONSIDERATION IS GIVEN TO THE POSSIBLE CONFLICT THAT MAY ARISE BETWEEN THE DETERMINATION OF ROAD-USER CHARGES ON THE BASIS OF ECONOMIC EFFICIENCY-MARGINAL COST PRICING PRINCIPLES, AND ON BROADER CONSIDERATIONS OF PUBLIC FINANCE REQUIREMENTS. THE IMPORTANCE OF ESTIMATING THE POTENTIAL NET BENEFITS THAT WOULD RESULT FROM THE INTRODUCTION OF A SYSTEM OF ROAD-USER CHARGES IN DEVELOPING COUNTRIES IS STRESSED. THE PAPER INCLUDES AN OUTLINE OF THE ANALYTICAL FRAMEWORK WITHIN WHICH THIS PROBLEM IS CONSIDERED, AND AN APPLICATION OF THE ANALYSIS TO TANZANIA. /TRRL/

  • Corporate Authors:

    Manchester University, England

    School of Economics and Social Studies
    Manchester M60 1QD,   England 
  • Authors:
    • Kirkpatrick, C H
  • Publication Date: 1972-12

Media Info

  • Features: Figures; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: p. 357-74
  • Serial:
    • Volume: 40

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00202477
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Transport and Road Research Laboratory (TRRL)
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jul 16 1974 12:00AM