Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/162259
Authors: 
Crotti, Daniele
Maggi, Elena
Year of Publication: 
2017
Series/Report no.: 
Nota di Lavoro, Fondazione Eni Enrico Mattei 17.2017
Abstract: 
In recent years several European municipalities have paired market-based measures with urban distribution centres (UDC) in order to reduce CO2 emissions and make more sustainable urban freight ‡ows. However, UDCs may add reloading costs and extra delivery times which have relevant impact on both urban supply chains and the competition among traditional and UDC-based logistics service providers in terms of service quality and freight rates. By using a duopolistic Hotelling framework, we show that market-based measures and subsidies might be substitutes to enhance the demand for UDC-based providers but public funding can be reduced by improving the quality of UDC services. These results can enlarge the scope for investments in UDC value-adding services in order to decrease private crowding-out effects in the long run.
Subjects: 
Urban Distribution Centre
City logistics
Sustainable Urban Transport Policy
Hotelling Spatial Competition Model
Market-Based Measures
Public Subsidy
JEL: 
D43
H23
L13
Q58
R41
R48
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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