Transport, Mobility and the Environment

Course Code :2124TEWECP
Study domain:Economic Policy
Academic year:2019-2020
Semester:2nd semester
Contact hours:30
Credits:3
Study load (hours):84
Contract restrictions: No contract restriction
Language of instruction:English
Exam period:exam in the 2nd semester
Lecturer(s)Bruno De Borger

3. Course contents *

This course studies transport problems and their environmental implications from a public policy point of view.

The broad outline is as follows:

  • General introduction: relevance of this course and the main current transport problems
  • Pricing and investment in the transport sector: graphical introduction, a simple model, some extensions (cost of public funds, time values, distributive issues, Braess paradox)
  • How to determine external costs: congestion, noise, safety, pollution
  • Traffic flows, external costs and energy use: an overview for Belgium and the EU
  • Application of better pricing policies in Europe: structure, implementation and acceptability
  • Environmental policies in the transport sector: emission taxes, standards, fuel taxes, emission reduction subsidies, electric vehicles, costs of C02 reductions
  • Basic economics of public transport: fares and service quality under different regulatory regimes
  • Principles of cost-benefit analysis in transportation
  • Issues in airport economics
  • Mobility problems with multiple governments: tax competition and tax exporting
  • The political economy of transport policies