Jiang, Gege and Fosgerau, Mogens and Lo, Hong (2020): Route choice, travel time variability, and rational inattention. Published in: Transportation Research Part B , Vol. 132, (2020): pp. 188207.

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Abstract
This paper sets up a rational inattention model for the route choice problem in a stochastic network where travelers face random travel time. Previous research has assumed that travelers incorporate all provided information without effort. This study assumes that information is costly and that travelers rationally choose how much information to acquire prior to choosing route. We begin with a single traveler and then extend the model to heterogeneous travelers where rationally inattentive user equilibrium (RIUE) is achieved. From the perspective of a single traveler, more information always reduces the impact of travel time variability and increases the probability of choosing a less costly route. However, in RIUE, more information may reduce the social welfare in some scenarios.
Item Type:  MPRA Paper 

Original Title:  Route choice, travel time variability, and rational inattention 
English Title:  Route choice, travel time variability, and rational inattention 
Language:  English 
Keywords:  Rational inattention; Travel time variability; Imperfect information; Information strategy; Discrete choice 
Subjects:  D  Microeconomics > D8  Information, Knowledge, and Uncertainty R  Urban, Rural, Regional, Real Estate, and Transportation Economics > R4  Transportation Economics 
Item ID:  99944 
Depositing User:  Prof. Mogens Fosgerau 
Date Deposited:  02 May 2020 10:05 
Last Modified:  02 May 2020 10:05 
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URI:  https://mpra.ub.unimuenchen.de/id/eprint/99944 