Infrastructure, Accessibility and Growth: Some Open Issues

This article serves as an introduction to this special issue on the role of infrastructure and accessibility conditions for growth and welfare of economies; the special issue is a direct result of the 14th conference of the Italian Association of Transport Economics (Italy, 2012). The conference focused on the implications of energy, transport and digital communications networks and facilities investments on the success of a competitive modern economy and on accessibility. The authors of this introductory article outline several issues of note: whether infrastructure development is a worthwhile object of policy or if it is better to rely on the nature forces of the marketplace; the changing role of infrastructure, infrastructure supply, and accessibility; and the spillover effets of infrastructure networks (physical and service-related) on policy measures. The authors conclude that although the term infrastructure reflects a heterogeneous set of structures, transport-related infrastructure has a crucial role, particularly when considering the effect of infrastructure on a country’s growth or its direct or indirect impact on the productivity, employment, and income of interlinked activities, sectors, or geographical areas.

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  • Authors:
    • Bergantino, Angela Stefania
    • Goetz, Andrew
  • Publication Date: 2013-11


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  • Accession Number: 01531961
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jul 9 2014 9:58AM