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2.1 CIVIL ENGINEERING, 2.7 ENVIRONMENTAL ENGINEERING, 5.2 ECONOMICS AND BUSINESS, 5.6 POLITICAL SCIENCE, 5.7 SOCIAL AND ECONOMIC GEOGRAPHY, 6.3 PHILOSOPHY, ETHICS and RELIGION

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The Irish Times, 26th March, 2008

Abstract

The available road space (the scarce resource) is currently allocated by one’s willingness to sit in traffic jams. The costs incurred in sitting in traffic jams benefits no one – it is pure deadweight loss. The solution is to get the motorist to pay the social cost (marginal congestion cost). By pricing the cost of this traffic congestion in euro, this money could be collected and put to good use, perhaps on improving public transport.

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