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Redistributive effects of subsidies to urban public transport in Spain

Javier Asensio (), Anna Matas and José-Luis Raymond

Transport Reviews, 2003, vol. 23, issue 4, 433-452

Abstract: This paper analyses the redistributive effects generated by the subsidization of urban public transport services. We estimate a two-stage model that takes into account both car ownership decisions and expenditure in urban public transport. In this way, we are able to measure the long run effects of income changes. Under the assumption that the user is the final beneficiary of the subsidies, and computing the share of the fare that is subsidized, we measure the progressiveness of the subsidies for different income groups and city sizes. Urban public transport subsidies are shown to be progressive. In larger urban areas this effect is considerably more important than in small ones.

Date: 2003
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DOI: 10.1080/01441647.2002.10823176

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