The Impact of short-term driving restrictions on mobility and traffic congestion in Delhi

  • Blog Post Date 30 June, 2016
  • IGC Research on India
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Esther Duflo

Massachusetts Institute of Technology


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Gabriel Kreindler

Massachusetts Institute of Technology


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Benjamin Olken

Professor of Economics


Large cities in developing countries throughout the world grapple with traffic congestion. Driving restrictions are one of the most common regulations to directly lower congestion. These policies prohibit vehicles from roads on certain days, based on license plate numbers or colours. Little is known about the specifics of drivers’ behavioural responses to these policies, and, importantly, whether policy parameters can be tuned to improve impact. This project studies the impact of the “Odd-Even” policy of Delhi on commuter mobility, transport choices, and traffic congestion.

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