Transport decision making: theory and practice
The course provides students with an understanding of the main economic methodologies on decision making analysis in transport economics. The focus is both on individual decisions concerning passengers and goods mobility and on public policies.
The first part of the course presents the different economic approaches on passenger and freight transport modelling, particularly focusing on microeconomics models (continuous models and discrete choice models, conjoint analysis).
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 students will be asked to read and present some papers and case studies on different issues.