Juan-Pablo Montero (PUC-Chile)

Thursday, November 30th 2023

Juan-Pablo Montero (PUC-Chile) will present  “Pricing Congestion to Increase Traffic: The Case of Bogota” joint with Felipe Sepulveda and Leonardo Basso.



In September 2020, the city of Bogota introduced a major market-based reform to its odd-even driving restriction, better known as Pico y Placa. Drivers now have the option to pay a daily fee to be exempted from the restriction. Despite the increase in traffic—a 9% drop in average speed—we find substantial welfare gains from the reform, US$222 million per year. An important fraction of these gains—31%—comes from simply “abolishing” the restriction, i.e., setting the exemption fee equal to zero; the rest from setting a strictly positive fee, US$9 per day. The big winners of the reform are middle-income individuals who now use their cars more often, whereas the big losers are high-income individuals who now spend more time in traffic (their annual gains and losses amount to US$759 million and US$506 million, respectively).


Modification date : 24 November 2023 | Publication date : 24 November 2023 | Redactor : Régis Grateau