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Title Highway infrastructure and the economy : implications for federal policy / Howard J. Shatz [and others]
Published Santa Monica, CA : Rand Corp., 2011
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Description 1 online resource (xxiv, 90 pages) : illustrations
Series Rand Corporation monograph series
Rand Corporation monograph series.
Contents Introduction -- The effects of highway infrastructure on economic activity -- A meta-analysis of the literature cited -- Conclusions: Policy implications and future research -- Appendix A: Meta-analysis of the papers reviewed
Summary To inform debate on a new transportation bill being considered, the authors review the literature on the economic outcomes of highway infrastructure spending, which constitutes the largest share of federal spending on transportation infrastructure. They first highlight the connections between highway spending and the economy and then analyze the literature to trace the effects of highway infrastructure on productivity, output, and employment. Then, they conduct a formal quantitative meta-analysis to discern more clearly why the literature has produced its current findings about infrastructure and the economy. After discussing these findings, they consider the implications for federal highway policy and for future research
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 81-90)
Notes Print version record
Subject Infrastructure (Economics) -- United States.
Roads -- United States.
Form Electronic book
Author Shatz, Howard J.
Rand Transportation, Space, and Technology (Program)
LC no. 2011927723
ISBN 083305225X (electronic bk.)
9780833052254 (electronic bk.)