SEMINARIO PUBBLICO DI MIRKO GIAGNORIO (PROCEDURA VALUTATIVA PER N.1 POSTI DI RICERCATORE A TEMPO DETERMINATO TIPOLOGIA A - SC 09/B3 SSD ING-IND/35)
Martedì, 17 October, 2023 - 12:30
Aula A7, DIAG, Via Ariosto 25, Roma
Riccardo Marzano - email@example.com
Title: Public funding of transit services: from operating subsidies to capital grants for ecological transition
The fairness of public subsidies to transit services is a matter of continuous debate in transport economics field. Public authorities in most developed countries provide economic compensation to transport operators, citing positive externalities, economies of scale in production, second-best pricing of private mobility, and equity considerations. Concurrently, there is a global push for public policies that promote the ecological transition of bus fleets. The main reason behind these multi-billion capital grant programs lies in the need to reduce urban pollution levels. Public-funded bus services are considered an optimal starting point for urban fleet electrification due to factors like fixed routes and schedules, centralized depots, shared infrastructure, high yearly mileage, and high visibility. However, assuming public spending limits, it is important to question whether or not governments should directly support electric buses. The seminar will address this research question by presenting Mirko’s lines of research, as well as providing a state-of-the-art of current knowledge on these topics. Focusing on cost-benefit analysis, it will emerge that electric buses are presently not welfare improving. Nevertheless, when adopting a broader strategic perspective, the actions of public authorities in promoting electric buses become more complex. The seminar will also outline Mirko’s research in progress and future research directions.
Mirko Giagnorio is a Postdoctoral Researcher at Sapienza University of Rome, where he got a Ph.D. in Industrial and Management Engineering. He defended a thesis focusing on the ecological transition of public transport, which won the SIET Best Doctoral Thesis Award 2023. Research interests include transport cost-benefit analysis, appraisal and sustainability, transport policy and pricing, and zero-emission buses. He has conducted studies and analyses relating to economic, regulatory and technical matters in the public transport field for various institutional and private bodies in Italy and abroad, such as the Italian Ministry of Infrastructure and Transport, Lazio Region, ISFORT, and VTI in Sweden. He also visited Cornell Tech as visiting fellow in 2023. He teaches Economics and Management of Public Administrations.