The university workers’ willingness to pay for commuting

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Journal Article

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place - europe, economics - willingness to pay, place - universities, ridership - commuting


university, works, commute, willingness to pay


Using a dynamic approach, employing data on job mobility, we demonstrate that university workers’ marginal willingness to pay for reducing commuting distance is about €0.25 per kilometre travelled. This corresponds to a marginal willingness to pay for reducing commuting time of about 75 % of the net average hourly wage. For females, the willingness to pay is substantially higher than for males. It is also substantially higher for workers that work few hours per day, as predicted by theory.


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