Theory and practice of automotive modal lock-in – an Indonesian case

Webb, Jeremy C. (2014) Theory and practice of automotive modal lock-in – an Indonesian case. PhD thesis, Queensland University of Technology.


This thesis examines the question why the automotive mode and the large technological system it creates, continues to dominate urban transport systems despite the availability of more cost-efficient alternatives. A number of theoretical insights are developed into the way these losses evolve from path dependent growth, and lead to market failure and lock-in. The important role of asymmetries of influence is highlighted.

A survey of commuters in Jakarta Indonesia is used to provide a measure of transport modal lock-in (TML) in a developing country conurbation. A discrete choice experiment is used to provide evidence for the thesis central hypothesis that in such conurbations there is a high level of commuter awareness of the negative externalities generated by TML which can produce a strong level of support for its reversal. Why TML nevertheless remains a strong and durable feature of the transport system is examined with reference to the role of asymmetries of influence.

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ID Code: 78678
Item Type: QUT Thesis (PhD)
Supervisor: Wilson, Clevo, Briggs, Max, Grace, Peter, & Robinson, Tim
Keywords: automobile, peak car, public transport, failed market, asymmetry of influenced, path dependence, lock-in, motorcyle, congestion tax, automotive mode
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > QUT Business School
Current > Institutes > Institute for Future Environments
Current > Schools > School of Economics & Finance
Institution: Queensland University of Technology
Deposited On: 16 Dec 2014 02:51
Last Modified: 08 Sep 2015 06:56

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