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

Amazon is not bad; it’s just drawn that way

Amazon and similar multinational companies have grown to become an essential part of world trade. Instead of going to the store, the store now comes to you. Well, this is convenient for the consumer, but what does it do to our cities? In the long run, the short-term profit of the private firm comes at what expense to the entire community?

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The Fool, the Bad and the Lazy – Globalization Mathematics

If everything is so great, how come we have so much to complain about?

There are many articles discussing globalization but in my opinion the theory behind the phenomenon is lacking. I think that many people present globalization as if it is a clear-cut, good or bad issue. Doing so derails our ability to understand it. Globalization is good for some people and bad for others. To support one side of the debate and dismiss another is to turn your ears from the genuine distress of those beside you.

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A Unified Theory of Transportation, applied to Remote Controls, Cars, Bikes and MaaS

Why would people in one city prefer to ride bicycles more than their neighbors in the town over? Why is it that Uber is viable in some cities but not others? Can we explain the choices we make when preferring one means of transportation over another in one unified theory? Well, it turns out we can. This article starts with a simple request for the TV remote and ends with an analysis of the MAAS’s chances of replacing private ownership of cars.

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