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Behavioural economics and its implications for transport

Metcalfe, Robert and Dolan, Paul (2012) Behavioural economics and its implications for transport. Journal of Transport Geography, 24. pp. 503-511. ISSN 0966-6923

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Identification Number: 10.1016/j.jtrangeo.2012.01.019


Increasing attention is being paid to behavioural economics in the social sciences and in public policy. We attempt to gather up the effects based on previous reviews of the literature and show the implications for transport and energy consumption. We show that there are several behavioural aspects of incentives on individual behaviour. We also show that there are a number of contextual factors on individual behaviour, such as messengers, norms, defaults, salience, priming, affect, commitment, and ego. We show the implications of this research for experimentation, and the measurement of wellbeing. In particular, we argue that transport research should use field experiments to carefully demonstrate causality in the evaluation of interventions.

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Additional Information: © 2012 Elsevier
Divisions: Social Policy
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HB Economic Theory
H Social Sciences > HE Transportation and Communications
Date Deposited: 19 Apr 2012 14:59
Last Modified: 23 Apr 2024 16:03

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