EQUIPMENT VERSUS EMPLOYMENT. A SOCIAL COST-BENEFIT ANALYSIS OF ALTERNATIVE TECHNIQUES OF FEEDER ROAD CONSTRUCTION IN THAILAND

The major aim of the ILO project of which this study forms a part is to determine whether the use of labour-intensive road construction techniques in developing countries is technically and economically feasible. The present inquiry concentrates on a typical feeder road in northern Thailand. Through interviews with private contractors, consulting engineers and the highways department, as well as through direct field observations, alternative techniques were identified for most of the tasks necessary for the construction of this type of road. As in this particular case there was no question that men could not be substituted for machines, the main emphasis was placed on the economic aspects of the choice of technique. Like the previous studies undertaken for the project the present volume provides substantial evidence that, at least in the case of low-standard roads such as the one examined here, the prospects for using labour-intensive techniques are promising. This inquiry is particularly interesting in that it is the first ILO study on road construction work to take account of the effects of the energy crisis on technological choice. /Author/TRRL/

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    International Labour Office

    Geneva,   Switzerland 
  • Authors:
    • McCleary, W A
  • Publication Date: 1976

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  • Accession Number: 00145368
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Transport and Road Research Laboratory (TRRL)
  • Files: ITRD, TRIS
  • Created Date: Apr 13 1977 12:00AM