The downside of congestion fees

Congestion fees have recently been presented as the tool to solve all urban problems. Economists vouch for it, city leaders praise it, and only the general public dislike it.

“The general public is dumb”, say some economists. “They don’t know what’s good for them”.
“It will only improve the lives of people who live in the periphery”, say economists living in the center of metropolitan areas.
“You are suspicious for nothing”, they conclude after considering data from other economists living in central cities like London, Stockholm or Singapore.

Well, are they right?

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HOW to impact HOW people decide HOW to travel?

Yesterday I’ve presented some work at a seminar regarding options for Congestion Charge in Tel Aviv. Really enjoyed it, both on the auditorium stage and in the rows listening to others.

It was interesting, the intense debate led by Prof. Trajtenberg was inspiring and all an all it was great fun.

If you are looking for it, here is my presentation from that seminar – LINK