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Mobility and Transports Economics 2017/2018

  • 5 ECTS
  • Taught in Portuguese
  • Continuous Assessment


Students should be able to:
Identify the main issues concerning mobility, the factors that are influent in it, as well as social and economic impacts that arise from changes in mobility patterns;
Perform an economical evaluation of transport and mobility, quantitatively and qualitatively;
Know the general framework of national and European transport policies.
Identify the main forms and methodologies to finance public transport.

Recommended Prerequisites

Knowledge in Statistics and Microeconomics

Teaching Metodology

Lectures will have oral presentations, with the support of slides.
Students will be asked to participate, answering questions to guide them to the knowledge of the subjects.
Some case studies will be presented aiming to acknowledge more specifically some areas of transport activities.
Aiming to stimulate students to perform a continuous effort on research and study, exercises will be distributed to be performed individually by them.
During the semester, 2 technical visits will be made in order to allow students to know in real terms how big enterprises and equipments operate.

Body of Work

1. Movement, Transport and Location
2. Transport Planning
1.1 Goals and Utility
2.2 Evolution
2.3 Sequential Model
3. Cost Evaluation
3.1 Internal Costs – Passengers’ perspective
3.2 Internal Costs – Companies’ perspective
3.3 External Costs
4. Price Policies
5. Transport Policies
5.1 Mobility and Sustainability
5.2 European Transport Policy
6. Financing Public Transport

Recommended Bibliography

BUTTON, Kenneth John; Transport Economics - 3rd edition; Edward Elgar Publishing Limited; 2010
PALMA, André de; LINDSEY, Robin; QUINET, Emile; VICKERMAN, Roger; A Handbook of Transport Economics; Edward Elgar Publishing Limited; 2011

Complementary Bibliography

MCCARTHY, Patrick S.; Transportation Economics - Theory and Practice: A case Study Approach; Blackwell Publishers Inc.; 2001
QUINET, Emile & Vickerman, Roger; Principles of Transport Economics; Edward Elgar Publishing Limited; 2004
COLE, Stuart; Applied Transport Economics; Kogan Page; 2005
BANISTER, David et all; European Transport Policy and Sustainable Mobility; E & FN Spon; 2000

Weekly Planning

1st week: Presentation

2nd week: Movement, Transport and Location

3rd week: Transport Planning

4th week: Transport Planning (cont.)

5th week: Transport Planning (cont.)

6th week: Cost Evaluation – Internal Costs – Passengers’ perspective

7th week: Cost Evaluation – Internal Costs – Companies’ perspective

8th week: Cost Evaluation – External Costs

9th week: Revision and Evaluation Test

10th week: Price Policies

11th week: Price Policies (cont.)

12th week: Transport Policies

13th week: Transport Policies (cont.)

14th week: Financing Public Transport

15th week: Revision and Evaluation Test

Demonstration of the syllabus coherence with the curricular unit's objectives

Subjects lectured were designed in order to allow students to obtain specific knowledge in the fields of mobility and transportation.
The themes inlcuded in the program of this syllabus allow students to use previous concepts on micro-economics as well as those learned during the year.

Demonstration of the teaching methodologies coherence with the curricular unit's objectives

Assuming that this syllabus is an option in sudents' curricula, it is quite important they recognize the importance of the theme, as well as the utility of the concepts and methodologies learned.
The presentation of practical situations and the resolution of exercises will allow students to associate theoretical knowledge with practical experience and incentive them to deepen their study in the future.

relevant generic skillimproved?assessed?
Achieving practical application of theoretical knowledge Yes
Analytical and synthetic skills Yes
Problem-solving Yes
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