The labour market impacts of the Stockholm congestion charge

The congestion charge is an increasingly popular policy, with cities as diverse as Beijing, Boston, Edinburgh and San Francisco considering implementing one. The research on the economic impacts of the congestion charge has so far been scarce. In this project, we analyze how the Stockholm and Gothenburg congestion charges have affected the spatial allocation of economic activity. Did households change their residential or workplace locations in response to the congestion charge, and how did it affect the spatial segregation within the city? The project uses the Geosweden database, which allows for a relatively clean spatial identification of the effect on location choices.

Researchers

Raoul van Maarseveen