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Addressing endogeneity in strategic urban mode choice models

Lookup NU author(s): Thomas Guerrero Barbosa, Professor Elisabetta Cherchi



This is the authors' accepted manuscript of an article that has been published in its final definitive form by Springer Nature, 2021.

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© 2020, Springer Science+Business Media, LLC, part of Springer Nature. Endogeneity is a potential anomaly in econometric models, which may cause inconsistent parameter estimates. Transport models are prone to this problem and applications that properly correct for it are scarce. This paper focuses on how to address this issue in the case of strategic urban mode choice models (i.e., the third stage of classic strategic transport models), possibly the main tool for the assessment of costly transport projects. To address this problem, we propose and validate, for the first time, adequate instruments that may be obtained from data that is already available in this context. The proposed method is implemented using the Control Function approach, which we use to detect and correct for endogeneity in a case study in Valparaiso, Chile. The effects arising from the neglected endogeneity in this case study reflect on an overestimation between 26–49% of the subjective value of time and an underestimation of 33–75% of modal elasticities.

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Author(s): Guerrero TE, Guevara CA, Cherchi E, Ortuzar JD

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Transportation

Year: 2021

Volume: 48

Pages: 2081-2102

Print publication date: 01/08/2021

Online publication date: 04/06/2020

Acceptance date: 02/04/2018

Date deposited: 12/08/2020

ISSN (print): 0049-4488

ISSN (electronic): 1572-9435

Publisher: Springer Nature


DOI: 10.1007/s11116-020-10122-y


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