A Classification for the Redistributive Effects of Investments in Transport Infrastructure

This article proposes a new classification to use for the redistributive effects of investments in transportation infrastructure. The authors note that the method traditionally used to evaluate the socioeconomic profitability of investments in transport infrastructure is cost-benefit analysis. They argue that, in practice, transport infrastructure investment includes a diversity of redistributive effects that must be taken into consideration. The authors propose a classification of the differential impacts of major transport infrastructure projects (redistribution effects), including territorial, social, environmental and inter-generational impacts. Territorial effects can include industrial competitiveness, direct socioeconomic impacts, reorganization or relocation of socioeconomic activity, tourism flows, and wider economic benefits. Environmental effects are discussed in categories of local, regional, and global effects. The authors conclude that the use of the classification system could engender more awareness of all of these redistributive factors and help to include them in a more transparent and consistent decision-making process.

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    • Special issue on European Transport Conference 2017.
  • Authors:
    • Penyalver, Domingo
    • Turró, Mateu
  • Publication Date: 2018-12


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  • Accession Number: 01708073
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jun 18 2019 3:56PM