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CentrePiece Article
The upside of London Tube strikes
Shaun Larcom, Ferdinand Rauch and Tim Willems
November 2015
Paper No' CEPCP455:
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CentrePiece 20 (2) Autumn 2015


Tags: experimentation; learning; optimization; rationality; search

In February 2014, strikes by staff on London's underground network enabled a sizeable fraction of commuters to find better routes, according to research by Shaun Larcom, Ferdinand Rauch and Tim Willems. Many commuters were forced to experiment and around one in 20 stuck with their new routes after the strike was over.

This article summarises 'The Benefits of Forced Experimentation: Striking Evidence from the London Underground Network' by Shaun Larcom, Ferdinand Rauch and Tim Willems, CEP Discussion Paper No. 1372