Assessing the social relevance of school transport in Flanders (Belgium)

  • van Lier T
  • de Witte A
  • Mairesse O
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Purpose - The main purpose of this study is to evaluate the social relevance of school transport in Flanders, Belgium, by using a social cost-benefit analysis (SCBA). Design/methodology/approach - The use of a SCBA already showed to be an appropriate tool for the appraisal of transport projects as it generates a large amount of information on the investment and its return for society. Findings - This paper clearly shows that organizing school transport is socially relevant, using a SCBA as a tool for evaluation. The analysis also provides insight in potential ways for improving school transport organization and financing and allows assessing whether further gains for society are possible. It reveals that the budget granted for the obligatory organization of school transport is not sufficient and that schools are generally forced to use part of their educational budget to be able to organize the (socially relevant) school transport. Practical implications - Findings from this study can assist schools and organizers of school transport in improving their organization. It demonstrates the strengths and weaknesses of the investment. Originality/value - Not many socio-economic evaluations of school transport have been done in literature. This study supports the use of SCBA within this context, further developing its use to answer similar research questions.

Author-supplied keywords

  • School transport
  • Social cost-benefit analysis
  • Social relevance
  • Social welfare
  • Transport appraisal

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  • Astrid de Witte

  • Olivier Mairesse

  • Joachim Hollevoet

  • Dimokritos Kavadias

  • Cathy Macharis

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