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3rd Meeting on Transport Economics and Infrastructure

Keynote speaker: Bruno de Borger (University of Antwerp)

Fecha: enero 18, 2019

Sala de Graus - Faculty of Economics and Business. University of Barcelona. Av. Diagonal, 690. Barcelona


The aim of this meeting is to discuss recent research in the area of transport and infrastructure economics. The meeting will focus on issues related to pricing, investment and competition, but research papers in other areas of transport economics and infrastructure analysis, both from empirical and theoretical perspectives, are also welcome. Between 10 and 12 papers will be accepted for presentation and discussion at the meeting.

Instituciones organizadoras

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Opening address

José María Durán (Director IEB)
Anna Matas (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona & IEB)

Keynote speaker

“The political economy of transport decisions”
Bruno de Borger (University of Antwerp)

First session: public transport and infrastructure

Chair: Jordi Rosell (Universitat de Barcelona)


“How and how much do public transportation megaprojects induce urban agglomeration? The case of the Grand Paris Project”

Alex Anas (State University of New York at Buffalo) (with Huibing Chang)


TEN-T Corridors – Stairway to heaven or highway to hell”

Jan Wessel (University of Münster) (with Kathrin Goldmann)


“Public transport provision under agglomeration economies”

Daniel Hörcher (Imperial College London) (with Woubit Seifu, Daniel J Graham and Bruno De Borger)

Second session: railways

Chair: Ricardo Flores-Fillol (Universitat Rovira i Virgili)


On-track competition thwarted by delayed trains: a matter of ticketing
Christina Brand (University of Münster) (with Gernot Sieg)


“Effects of the elimination of train path charges on the competition between bus and train – Development of travel activities and the choice of means of transport in German long-distance passenger transport”
Alexander Eisenkopf (Zeppelin University) (with Christian Burgdorf and Andreas Knorr)


“Contract design and performance of railway maintenance: effects of incentive intensity and performance incentive schemes”
Kristofer Odolinski (Swedish National Road and Transport Research Institute)

Third session: airports, gasoline and accidents

Chair: Jordi Perdiguero (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona)


Airport charges and marginal costs for Spanish airports before the process of partial privatization
Ramón Núñez-Sánchez (Universidad de Cantabria) (with Soraya Hidalgo-Gallego and Valeriano Martínez-San Román)


“The spatial dimension of competition among airports at worldwide level: a spatial stochastic frontier analysis”
Mario Intini (University of Bari Aldo Moro) (with Angela S. Bergantino and Nicola Volta)


The role of average speed enforcement systems in preventing highway accidents: evidence from Italy
Mattia Borsati (University of Trento) (with Flavio Bazzana and Michele Cascarano)


“Empirical investigation of retail gasoline prices: the impact of spatial interaction, competition and territorial factors”
Angela S. Bergantino (University of Bari Aldo Moro) (with Claudia Capozza and Mario Intini)

Fourth session: parking

Chair: Daniel Albalate (Universitat de Barcelona)


“Commute mode choices and the role of parking prices, parking availability and urban form: evidence from Los Angeles County“
Sofia F. Franco (Nova School of Business and Economics) (with Nagwa Khordagui)


The marginal external cost of street parking, optimal pricing and supply: evidence from Melbourne” (slides)
Jos van Ommeren (VU University) (with Michael McIvor)


“The impact of curbside parking regulation on car ownership”
Albert Gragera (Technical U of Denmark & Observatory of Analysis and Evaluation of Public Policies, Universitat de Barcelona) (with Daniel Albalate)


Javier Asensio (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona & IEB)

Topics of interest

Infrastructure investment and finance

Public transport: performance, efficiency and regulation

Pricing issues in urban transport

Governance, ownership and competition issues in transport

Air transport and airport management

Energy and environmental issues in transport

Freight economics and urban logistics

Railway economics: infrastructure access and competition

Maritime transport and port economics


Deadline for submission of papers:

October 29, 2018

Deadline for acceptance of papers:

November 26, 2018


October 1, 2018 to January 10, 2019

Scientific Committee

Germà Bel

(Universitat de Barcelona)

Anna Matas

(U. Autònoma de Barcelona & IEB)

Bruno de Borger

(University of Antwerp)

Jos van Ommeren

(Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam)

Pedro Cantos

(Universitat de València)

Ginés de Rus

(U. Las Palmas G.C. & FEDEA)

Ricardo Flores-Fillol

(Universitat Rovira I Virgili)

Mateu Turró

(Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya)


Papers should be sent to by October 29, 2018. Only papers presented in PDF format and no longer than 30 pages will be considered. Papers will be evaluated by the scientific committee. The acceptance decision will be notified to authors by November 26 2018. Free accommodation for one night (before or after the day of the Meeting) will be provided to presenters of accepted papers. Presenters may be asked to act as discussants of another paper.


You can make a bank transfer to:

IBAN ES58 2100 5731 7402 0023 6875

The proof of bank transfer must be sent by email to:


Presenters / discussants / Ph. D students: FREE (please send an email with your personal details to«)


Early registration (October 1 to December 21, 2018): 70€


Late registration (December 22, 2018 to January 10, 2019): 150€