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Estimating the marginal maintenance cost of rail infrastructure usage in Sweden: does more data make a difference?
() and Jan-Eric Nilsson
Abstract: One cornerstone of EU’s railway policy is that track user
charges should be based on marginal costs for infrastructure use. This
paper updates knowledge about the marginal cost of maintaining Sweden’s
railway network. Using an extended panel dataset, now comprising 16 years,
we corroborate previous results using a static model framework. However,
the results from the dynamic model show that an increase in maintenance
cost during one year increases costs in the next year, which is contrasting
previous estimates on a shorter panel dataset. We conclude that more data
made a difference in a dynamic setting, but the estimated cost elasticities
are rather robust in a European context.
Keywords: Marginal cost; Rail infrastructure; Maintenance; Access charging; Dynamic model; (follow links to similar papers)
JEL-Codes: L92; R48; (follow links to similar papers)
33 pages, December 9, 2016
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Odolinski, Kristofer and Jan-Eric Nilsson, (2017), 'Estimating the marginal maintenance cost of rail infrastructure usage in Sweden; does more data make a difference?', Economics of Transportation, Vol. 10, June, pages 8-17
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