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Master of Arts (MA)

Legacy Department

Professional Communication


Lam, Chungsang

Committee Member

Tsui, Kevin

Committee Member

Oliveira, Jaqueline


The inefficient allocation of transport capacity in the taxi industry leads to the imbalance between the demand and supply of taxies. This paper tries to investigate the influencing factors on the quantity of taxies from the perspective of the demand. It is based on the empirical analysis and assumes that the quantity of buses (Bus), average wage per citizens (AW), population density (PD), road density (RD), the availability of subways (SW) and the e-hailing application (EH) co-determine the quantity of taxies. Under the assumption, I collected the data in 287 cities from 2010 to 2013 and put them into the fixed effect model to examine the impacts of factors mentioned above. The empirical result shows that Bus, AW and PD have positive and significant influences on the quantity of taxies at different levels. Comparatively, CR negatively impacts it and the other two play little role. This result may offer some reference for government regulation on the taxi industry.

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