Between-mode-differences in the value of travel time: Self-selection or strategic behaviour?

Mogens Fosgerau, Katrine Hjorth, Stéphanie Vincent Lyk-Jensen

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    Using stated preference survey data, we measure the value of travel time for several transport modes. We find, like many before us, that the value of travel time varies across modes in the opposite direction of what would be the consequence of differences in comfort. We examine three candidate causes for the observed differences: Comfort effects, self-selection and strategic behaviour of respondents. Using experiments with both the current and an alternative mode we find that the differences in the value of travel time are consistent with self-selection and comfort effects. Moreover, respondents having bus as the current or the alternative mode seem not to value comfort differently across modes. Strategic behaviour seems to play no role.
    Original languageEnglish
    JournalTransportation Research. Part D: Transport & Environment
    Issue number7
    Pages (from-to)370-381
    Publication statusPublished - 2010


    • Stated preference data
    • Self-selection
    • Value of travel time
    • Discrete choice model
    • Transport modes


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