Transportation

, Volume 42, Issue 1, pp 71–100 | Cite as

International meta-analysis of stated preference studies of transportation noise nuisance

  • Abigail L. Bristow
  • Mark Wardman
  • V. Phani Kumar Chintakayala
Article

Abstract

This paper reports the first meta-analysis and most extensive review of stated preference studies of transportation noise nuisance. The meta-analysis is based on a newly compiled data set of 258 values from 49 studies and 23 countries and spanning more than 40 years. Contrast this with the most extensive meta-analysis of the more conventional hedonic pricing approach which includes 53 noise valuations. Moreover, the sample compares favourably with the 444 observations from the very first meta-analysis of the value of travel time savings which is by far the most widely examined parameter in transport planning. A particularly significant finding of the study is that the intertemporal income elasticity is close to one, somewhat larger than the cross-sectional income elasticity typically obtained from individual studies. This demonstrates the importance of distinguishing the effects of income variations that occur over time, which tend to drive policy, from variations across individuals at one point in time, and such findings are typical of those observed in other markets. Importantly, the values derived are transferable across countries and may be used to benchmark existing evidence and provide values in contexts where none exist. Other key results are that values for aircraft noise exceed those for other modes, whilst those exposed to higher noise levels and those who are highly annoyed also have higher values in line with expectations. A wide range of design effects were tested but few were significant and these included the consumer surplus measure, the representation of noise and the context.

Keywords

Meta-analysis Stated preference Transportation noise Noise valuation Noise nuisance 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Abigail L. Bristow
    • 1
  • Mark Wardman
    • 2
  • V. Phani Kumar Chintakayala
    • 2
  1. 1.Transport Studies Group, School of Civil and Building EngineeringLoughborough UniversityLoughboroughUK
  2. 2.Institute for Transport StudiesUniversity of LeedsLeedsUK

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