Category Archives: economics

Toll Index – Record Year 2016

The hottest German business cycle news item making the rounds this morning comes from the German Federal statistical office (Destatis) and is summarized by the title of its press release: German exports up 1.2% in 2016 – Exports, imports and … Continue reading

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Toll Index October 2016 – busier than ever

There was never a German October which saw as many outbound heavy trucks, on a per working day basis, as this past October. In fact since the launch of the MAUT this country hasn’t sees as many outbound trucks on a … Continue reading

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Toll Index August 2016 -steep drop at top level

Fresh Maut data just out by the Bundesamt für Güterverkehr show a sharp month-on-month drop of the outbound heavy vehicle traffic in the month of August thus reaching the expected seasonal summer low point. Nonetheless the Toll Index posts its … Continue reading

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Predicting Road Conditions with Internet Search

Internet searches for “stau” in Germany  provide us with a public ledger of prospective driving itineraries on the basis of which we can predict road conditions…. My newest paper just out on PLoS ONE.  

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