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Getting out of the car: an institutional/evolutionary approach to sustainable transport policies

Marletto, Gerardo Ettore (2008) Getting out of the car: an institutional/evolutionary approach to sustainable transport policies. Cagliari, CRENoS. [11] p. (Working Papers CRENoS, 2008, 14). Working Paper.

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Abstract

Orthodox economics sees transport as a market which can be made more sustainable by improving its self-regulating capacity. To date this static approach has not been able to limit the growing demand for transport and its increasing environmental impact. Better results might be obtained by using evolutionary and institutional economics. Starting from these theories, a sustainable transport policy should be based on three fundamental considerations. First, transport is not a market, but a sum of systems affected by path-dependence and lock-in phenomena. Second, transport is not sustainable because it is locked in environmentally sub-optimal systems. Third, structural changes in technologies and organisations, institutions, and values are needed to establish more sustainable transport systems. We give an example of the use of an institutional/evolutionary approach to sustainable transport policies in the transition from the system of mass motorisation to the new urban mobility system.

Item Type:Working Paper
ID Code:16
Status:Published
Uncontrolled Keywords:Sustainable transportation, transport policy, environmental economics, institutional economics, evolutionary economics
Subjects:Area 13 - Scienze economiche e statistiche > SECS-P/06 Economia applicata
Divisions:002 Altri enti e centri di ricerca del Nord Sardegna > CRENoS-Centro Ricerche Economiche Nord Sud, Università di Cagliari e Università di Sassari
001 Università di Sassari > 01 Dipartimenti > Economia, impresa, regolamentazione
Publisher:CRENoS
Publisher Policy:Depositato per gentile concessione del CRENoS
Deposited On:18 Aug 2009 10:01

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