This book looks at the economics of the evolving interface between the movement of people, goods and information (telecommunications). It illustrates the increasing importance of information flows in relation to how people move about, the ways that goods are transported and on land-use patterns. The authors show how the linkages involved are not static but vary as technology develops, as social priorities shift, and as policymakers adjust institutional structures. The situation is evolving but, nevertheless, from a public policy and a narrower commercial, business perspective, it is important to gain broad insights into what is occurring and the ways that telecommunications, transportation, and location interact. This is the focus of the book.
Telecommunications, Transportation and Location contains both sytheses and interpretations of what others have found in regard to these interactions as well as new work that extends earlier findings. The material is presented in a rigorous yet accessible manner to open it to a wide audience of practitioners concerned with policy-making within various levels of government and within private business.
Researchers and academics teaching courses including transportation planning, communications, regional science, urban and regional planning, urban and regional economics and transport economics will find much to engage them within this book. It will also be very useful to logistics professionals, and policymakers and practitioners involved in transportation planning.
Kenneth Button, University Professor and Roger R. Stough, School of Policy, Government and International Affairs, George Mason University, with Michelle Bragg, Assistant Professor of Health Policy and Public Health, University of Sciences, US and Samantha Taylor, Freight, Logistics and Marine Division, Melbourne, Australia
Contents: Preface 1. Introduction 2. Social Change and Mobility 3. Some Basic Economic Considerations 4. Telecommunications and Travel Behavior 5. Videoconferencing and Work Travel 6. The Business of E-Commerce 7. Telecommunications and Intelligent Transportation Systems 8. Telecommunications and the `New Geography' References Index