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Surprice: Political coordination and acceptability of road user charges (141)

Project Number: 141

Project Leader: Joel Franklin

Start Date: 2010-08-15

End Date: 2012-02-15

In this project, we examine whether coordination of road user charges among different jurisdictions in a transport network leads to more efficiency and political acceptability or whether it undermines it. We focus on how political acceptability and horizontal equity at different geographical levels (local/regional/national/European) depend on the coordination among political entities that may or may not overlap each other. What happens when different political entities try to maximize the acceptance among their voters for their particular road user charge? Will this generate efficient toll levels and efficient investments? How will the introduction of tolls by one region affect the benefits and political acceptability of tolling policies in neighboring regions? To examine these questions, we will use both stylized model simulations and detailed case studies representing hypothetical toll policies in real-world settings.

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