Transport decision making: theory and practice 2017


Lecturer: E. Maggi

Aim and contents of the course

The course provides students with an understanding of some economic methodologies applied in transport economics for decision making analysis about
mobility issues. The focus is both on individual decisions concerning passengers and goods mobility and on public policies.
The first part of the course presents an overview of the peculiarities of transport economics, the transport demand and supply functions and the public regulation policies of transport industry. A seminar on hedonic price evaluation of transport infrastructure will be included.
The second part focuses on Agent-based models, aiming at simulating the dynamic behavior of individual mobility stakeholders and their interconnections in complex social systems and at assessing both ex ante and ex post the impacts of potential public transport policies on individual behavior. The use of the opensource software “NetLogo” will be shown on June 20th . The software should be downloaded by the students on their PC, before coming to the lesson, from the web-site

Class format: Frontal lectures, seminars and students’ presentation.


The assessment is based on in-class paper presentation. 

Each student has to prepare a presentation on an agent-based modeling paper, that can be chosen in the folder “Agent-based modeling_transport. Papers for in-class presentation” (see e-learning course web site). The presentation should be based on a power point file and shall have a duration of maximum 30 minutes and it will be followed by a discussion with the other students. The two data for the presentations are: June, 20th (only two presentations) and June 27th (the remaining 4 presentations). Once the student has chosen the paper and the date of the  presentation, he/she has to communicate them to the lecturer by email. A calendar will be constructed with the lecturer and published on-line.
Evaluation is based on two elements: ppt preparation and in-class presentation of the paper (70%) and ability to discuss the papers of the other students (30%). Only three grades are provided: failure; pass; pass with distinction.

Reading materials: the relevant papers and documents are posted on the course web-site on e-learning platform Moodle.

Office hours: by appointment.