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Dr. Heike Link

Dr. Heike Link

Research Associate of the

Energy, Transportation, Environment Department


+49 30 89789 - 312
Research Topics and Working Areas
Heike Link is Head of the Transportation Research Team. She joined DIW in 1992 after studies in Mathematical Economics and a PhD thesis on dynamic input-output models. Her research interest is the econometric analysis of issues mainly in transport infrastructure. Heike has been in charge for a variety of national and international research and consultancy projects on infrastructure issues, the economic effects of infrastructure investment, transport pricing including acceptability of and response on pricing policies, as well as railway economics such as access pricing, rail competition and efficiency analysis in the rail sector. The clients of these projects include institutions in Germany such as the Transport Ministry, the Federal Environmental Board and the Federal Road Authority, the European Commission, the OECD and national institutions in Europe as for example in Austria, Spain, Italy, Switzerland and in the UK. Her work has been published both in international refereed journals and as book contributions.


Diskussionspapiere 2086 / 2024

Spatial Competition and Pass-through of Fuel Taxes – Evidence from a Quasi-natural Experiment in Germany

2024| Frederik von Waldow, Heike Link
Diskussionspapiere 2047 / 2023

Combining GPS Tracking and Surveys for a Mode Choice Model: Processing Data from a Quasi-Natural Experiment in Germany

2023| Heike Link, Dennis Gaus, Neil Murray, Maria Fernanda Guajardo Ortega, Flavien Gervois, Frederik von Waldow, Sofia Eigner
DIW Wochenbericht 14/15 / 2023

9-Euro-Ticket: Niedrigere Preise allein stärken Alltagsmobilität mit öffentlichen Verkehrsmitteln nicht

2023| Dennis Gaus, Neil Murray, Heike Link
Sonstige Publikationen des DIW / Monographien

Expertise zum Projektbericht VALOR: FE 82.0759/2021

2021| Heike Link
Weitere externe Aufsätze

Production and Cost Structure in the Rail Industry

In: Pedro Cantos Sánchez, Marc Ivaldi (Eds.) , Economic Analysis and Policy Evaluation in the Railway Industry - An International Perspective
San Diego [u.a.] : Academic Press
im Ersch.
| Heike Link, A.J.S. Smith
Externe Monographien

Recherche, Berechnung und Zusammenstellung von Daten für das Taschenbuch „Verkehr in Zahlen“ - Ausgabe 2023/2024: Methodenbericht 2023/2024

Berlin: Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt e. V., 2023, 83 S. | Florian Koller, Christine Eisenmann, Katja Köhler, Angelika Schulz, Isabel Seiffert, Anton Galich, Heike Link, Dennis Gaus
Externe Monographien

Verkehr in Zahlen 2023/2024: 52. Jahrgang

Flensburg: Kraftfahrt-Bundesamt, 2023, 375 S. | Heike Link, Dennis Gaus, Florian Koller, Katja Koehler, Angelika Schulz, Isabel Seiffert (Bearb.)
Refereed essays Web of Science

Estimating the Marginal Costs of Road Renewals: Evidence from a Duration Approach

In: Journal of Transport Economics and Policy 57 (2023), 2, S. 104-130 | Neil Murray, Heike Link
Weitere externe Aufsätze

Transport Pricing in Europe

In: Alejandro Tirachini, Daniel Hörcher, Erik Verhoef (Hrsg.) , Handbook on Transport Pricing and Financing
Cheltenham: Edward Elgar
S. 394-416
| Chris Nash, Heike Link



Estimating Mode Choice Inertia and Price Elasticities after a Price Intervention: Evidence from Three Months of almost Fare-free Public Transport in Germany

Maria Fernanda Guajardo, Heike Link
Puerto Varas, Chile, 01.04.2024 - 03.04.2024
| International Choice Modelling Conference: ICMC 2024

Estimating the Price Elasticity of Public Transport after a Price Intervention: Evidence from a Quasi-Natural Experiment in Germany

Heike Link, Maria Fernanda Guajardo Ortega, Dennis Gaus, Neil Murray
Santander, Spanien, 12.06.2023 - 16.06.2023
| 2023 Annual School and Conference of the International Transportation Economics Association (ITEA)

Die Anlagevermögensrechnung für den Verkehrssektor: methodische Aspekte und aktuelle Probleme

Heike Link
Berlin, 18.10.2022 - 19.10.2022
| Konferenz 50 Jahre Verkehr in Zahlen: Jubiläumsveranstaltung

The German Rail Passenger Market: Competition and Problems after the CoviD Pandemic

Heike Link
Brno, Slowakei, 13.10.2022
| Round Table on Rail Transport: Masaryk University of Brno

Service Lives and Marginal Costs of Road Renewals: A Duration Approach

Heike Link, Neil Murray
Online, 21.06.2021 - 26.06.2021
| Annual Conference of the International Transport Economists Association (ITEA): Virtual Event

Research Projects

Research Project

Transport in Figures

Current Project| Energy, Transportation, Environment
Research Project

CATRIN (Cost Allocation of Transport Infrastructure Cost)

Completed Project| Energy, Transportation, Environment
Research Project

Development of an Evaluation Frame for the Introduction of Electromobility (DEFINE)

Completed Project| Energy, Transportation, Environment
Research Project

Generalisation of Research on Accounts and Cost Estimation - GRACE

Completed Project| Energy, Transportation, Environment
Research Project

Wegekosten und Wegekostendeckung des Straßen- und Schienenverkehrs in Deutschland im Jahre 2007

Completed Project| Energy, Transportation, Environment