Special Issue "Sustainability Issues in Transport Pricing"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 November 2019.
Prof. Dr. Johan Holmgren
Transport services are essential for a well-functioning society, and are an integral part of the economic life and well-being of people. People use transport services to get to and from work and recreational activities. For firms, transport services are used to transport the material used in production as well as to distribute the production to the customers. At the same time, a substantial proportion of the greenhouse gas emissions in the world originate in the transport sector, and transportation activities cause a lot of local emissions and disturbances. In addition, lack of access to the transport system may work as a barrier to participation in the labour market as well as in social and democratic activities. When designing a sustainable transport system (or evaluating an existing system from a sustainability perspective) environmental and social impacts, as well other economic effects, have to be taken into consideration.
Pricing (including taxation) is a powerful policy instrument that, if used correctly, can steer society in a sustainable direction. Prices and taxes can be set so that economic agents take environmental costs into account when making decisions. The level and structure of prices could also be set with distributional aspects in mind in order to ensure social inclusion. At the same time, the use of environmental fees (e.g. fuel taxes) are often met with protests, as it is claimed that they will hurt business and have undesirable distributional consequences.
This Special Issue focus on sustainability issues in transport pricing (including taxation of transport activities). It is especially interesting to see contributions addressing the potential conflict between different aspects of sustainability (e.g. environmental vs. social impacts) but all contributions addressing pricing and sustainability are welcome. Potential topics include (but are not limited to):
- Optimal pricing of different transport modes
- Environmental effects of different pricing schemes
- Distributional effects and effects on the social inclusion of different pricing schemes
- Effects on the competitiveness of different sectors of different pricing schemes
- Goal conflicts due to the pricing and taxation of transport services
- Comparative analyses of different taxation/pricing regimes and their effects
Prof. Dr. Johan Holmgren
Manuscript Submission Information
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- Optimal pricing
- Road pricing
- Externality charges
- Social inclusion
- Transport pricing
- Transport policy