The Potential Demand for Carsharing by University Students: An Italian Case Study

Author/s Romeo Danielis, Lucia Rotaris, Andrea Rusich, Eva Valeri
Publishing Year 2016 Issue 2016/1 Language English
Pages 23 P. 77-99 File size 271 KB
DOI 10.3280/SCRE2016-001004
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The paper presents a methodology to estimate the potential demand for carsharing by university students. The methodology is based on three surveys: a paper-and-pencil questionnaire; a detailed computer-assisted personal interview, and a contingent valuation interview. The data collected are used to operationalize a model that estimates the generalized cost under alternative scenarios, with and without carsharing. A Monte Carlo simulation procedure is used to estimate the probability that a person would use carsharing. The methodology has been tested with students enrolled at the University of Trieste. The main finding is that, under the prevailing conditions, a quite large number of the sample students (32%) would benefit in terms of generalised cost from the use of carsharing if a private car were unavailable. The model is also used to perform scenario analysis.

Keywords: Carsharing; demand estimation; Monte Carlo simulation.

Jel codes: R40, R41, R48

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Romeo Danielis, Lucia Rotaris, Andrea Rusich, Eva Valeri, The Potential Demand for Carsharing by University Students: An Italian Case Study in "SCIENZE REGIONALI " 1/2016, pp 77-99, DOI: 10.3280/SCRE2016-001004