Case Studies of Transportation Investment to Identify the Impacts on the Local and State Economy

Principal Investigator(s):

Michael Iacono, Former Research Fellow, Civil, Environmental and Geo-Engineering


  • David Levinson, Former U of M Professor, Civil, Environmental and Geo-Engineering

Project summary:

This project provides case studies of the impact of transportation investments on local economies. Since the effects of transportation projects can vary according to the size of a project and the size of the area under study, as well as other exogenous factors such as existing economic and demographic conditions, the researchers used multiple approaches to measure impacts. The researchers measured effects on economic output and employment to estimate the impacts of specific investments and attempted to address issues of generative versus redistributive effects of investments, as well as to identify specific economic sectors that are disproportionately affected by such investments.

Project details:

  • Project number: 2011023
  • Start date: 08/2010
  • Project status: Completed
  • Research area: Planning and Economy
  • Topics: Economics