Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/87420
Authors: 
Adler, Martin W.
van Ommeren, Jos
Rietveld, Piet
Year of Publication: 
2013
Series/Report no.: 
Tinbergen Institute Discussion Paper 13-089/VIII
Abstract: 
Non-recurrent congestion is frequently caused by accidents and other incidents. We estimate the causal effect of incident duration on drivers’ time losses through changes in non-recurrent road congestion on Dutch highways. We demonstrate that incident duration has a strong positive, but concave, effect on non-recurrent congestion. The duration elasticity of non-recurrent congestion is about 0.40 implying that a one minute duration reduction generates a €60 gain per incident. We also show that at locations with high levels of recurrent congestion, non-recurrent congestion levels are considerably higher. At very congested locations, the benefit of reducing the incident duration by one minute is about €500 per incident. Public policies that prioritize duration reductions at congested locations are therefore more beneficial.
Subjects: 
congestion
vehicle-loss-hours
incident duration
accidents
JEL: 
R4
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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