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Aggregate and Regional Economic Effects of New Railway Infrastructure

Wolfgang Polasek, Wolfgang Schwarzbauer () and Richard Sellner

No 242, Economics Series from Institute for Advanced Studies

Abstract: Economists expect positive returns to investments in infrastructure. However a project with higher national returns might have less favourable effects on a regional level than the alternative. Therefore new infrastructure should also be assessed on a regional level, but econom(etr)ic evaluation models are scarce, especially in regional science. This paper proposes new approaches to evaluate infrastructure by a dynamic spatial econometric model that allows long-term predictions. We investigate the regional effects for two Austrian railway projects and show that infrastructure returns are positive on an aggregate and at a regional level but spatial variation can be large.

Keywords: Regional growth convergence; traffic accessibility; infrastructure evaluation; spatial econometrics (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: C31 H43 H54 R11 R12 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 19 pages
Date: 2009-07
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