The Effect of Owning a Car on Travel Behavior: Evidence from the Beijing License Plate Lottery

To reduce traffic congestion and air pollution, many cities in developing countries have considered restricting vehicle ownership. Contrary to past research, we find that adding a car has little impact on total distance traveled or time spent traveling.

Working Paper by Jun Yang, Antung Anthony Liu, Ping Qin, and Joshua Linn — May 20, 2016



Jun Yang

Antung Anthony Liu

Ping Qin

Joshua Linn

Senior Fellow