Scandinavian Working Papers in Economics

Discussion Papers,
Norwegian School of Economics, Department of Business and Management Science

No 2007/18: Revelation of Preferences in Trip Distribution Models

Kurt Jörnsten (), Inge Thorsen () and Jan Ubøe ()
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Kurt Jörnsten: Dept. of Finance and Management Science, Norwegian School of Economics and Business Administration, Postal: NHH , Department of Finance and Management Science, Helleveien 30, N-5045 Bergen, Norway
Inge Thorsen: Stord/Haugesund University College, Postal: Stord/Haugesund University College, Postboks 5000, N-5409 Stord, Norway
Jan Ubøe: Dept. of Finance and Management Science, Norwegian School of Economics and Business Administration, Postal: NHH , Department of Finance and Management Science, Helleveien 30, N-5045 Bergen, Norway

Abstract: In this paper we will see how commuter preferences can be revealed from observations of trip distributions. We will explain how to find unique representations of preference structures leading to an observed trip distribution, and will also present a numerical method that can be used to infer preferences from systems of considerable size. The theory is applied to a real world network, and we show how our framework can be used to reveal detailed information about the spatial structure of this network. We also use this new framework to suggest a new approach to evaluate the impact of road pricing.

Keywords: Travel demand; revealed preferences; efficient distance; road pricing

JEL-codes: C31; R41; R48

22 pages, July 6, 2007

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