Verkehrssicherheit und Zahlungsbereitschaft – ein Überblick zum Stand der Forschung.

Francisco Bahamonde-Birke*, Uwe Kunert, Heike Link

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Willingness-to-pay for road safety The evaluation of road safety projects following a cost-benefit approach requires the valuation of road accidents as a fundamental input. According to the current German evaluation methodology only the direct and indirect economic costs of road accidents are taken into account, while the intangible consequences such as pain, sorrow, loss of quality of life and the willingness-to-pay of the population to reduce / avoid these consequences are not considered.
This paper summarizes the state-of-the-art for assessing the willingness-to-pay (WTP) in a traffic safety context and it presents a comprehensive and systematic overview of the scientific literature. The most popular approaches for assessing the WTP (i.e. the hedonic pricing, the contingent valuation and Stated-Choice-approach) are analyzed regarding their theoretical foundations, the current state-of-the-praxis and the empirical evidence.
Among the analyzed alternatives, the SC-approach represents the current state-of-the-art for determining people´s WTP for non-market goods. Nevertheless, most empirical evidence relying on this method is re-lated to the valuation of the travel time (VOT) and to the value of reliability (VOR). It must be stated, that during the last years a gap between the state-of-the-art (SC-methods) and the state-of-the-praxis (other methods) has arisen, which should be filled with empirical evidence. Particularly in Germany there is a significant need for research.
Original languageGerman
Pages (from-to)260-287
Number of pages28
JournalZeitschrift für Verkehrswissenschaft
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2013
Externally publishedYes


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