Template-Type: ReDIF-Paper 1.0 Series: Tinbergen Institute Discussion Papers Creation-Date: 2008-09-17 Number: 08-087/3 Author-Name: Muhammad Sabir Author-Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Author-Workplace-Name: VU University Amsterdam Author-Name: Jos van Ommeren Author-Email: email@example.com Author-Workplace-Name: VU University Amsterdam Author-Name: Mark Koetse Author-Workplace-Name: VU University Amsterdam Author-Name: Piet Rietveld Author-Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Author-Workplace-Name: VU University Amsterdam Title: Welfare Effects of Adverse Weather through Speed Changes in Car Commuting Trips Abstract: This discussion paper led to a publication in 'Networks and Spatial Economics', 2011, 11(4), 197-199.
This paper investigates the welfare effect of adverse weather through changes in the speed of individuals’ car commuting trips in the entire Netherlands. Weather measurements are local and time specific (hourly basis). As most commuters travel twice a day between home and work, we are able to estimate the effect of adverse weather employing panel data techniques, which is novel in this context. We find that for most commuters the welfare effects of adverse weather conditions are negative but small. However, the commuters’ welfare costs due to rain are rather substantial during rush hours in congested areas (and up to 15 percent of the overall commuting costs). Classification-JEL: R41 Keywords: adverse weather speed File-Url: http://papers.tinbergen.nl/08087.pdf File-Format: application/pdf File-Size: 261593 bytes Handle: RePEc:tin:wpaper:20080087