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Economic effects of road accessibility in the Pyrenees: user perspective

Christian Durán Weitkamp (), Mónica Martín Bofarull () and Federico Pablo Martí ()
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Christian Durán Weitkamp: GRIT - Universitat Rovira i Virgili. Dept. of Economy Tel. 977 75 98 01. Av. Universitat, 1. 43204 Reus.
Mónica Martín Bofarull: GRIT - Universitat Rovira i Virgili. Dept. of Economy Tel. 977 75 98 01. Av. Universitat, 1. 43204 Reus.

No XREAP2008-01, Working Papers from Xarxa de Referència en Economia Aplicada (XREAP)

Abstract: At present, Spain faces one of the key moments in planning the future design of the infrastructure network. As a consequence of the critical role played by haulage in intra-European trade, the most important investments are those that guarantee that road haulage traffic can move freely at the borders. That is why it is necessary to make serious evaluations of the economic and social profitability of these investments. Normally the most significant social benefit of investment projects in transport infrastructure is time saving, which in turn changes traffic intensity. In this article we analyse the changes in the user excess caused by public investment in transport infrastructure planned by the Spanish government and which will be located on the border between Spain and France. In particular, we study the increase in network user surplus for HGV traffic in the Spanish and French border zones in the Pyrenees.

Keywords: Intra-European trade; time saving; user surplus; gravitational model (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: C21 D12 R41 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 25 pages
Date: 2008-01, Revised 2008-01
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