Surface Transportation and Regional Output: A Spatial Panel Approach

28 Pages Posted: 15 Aug 2012

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Zhenhua Chen

The Ohio State University-City and Regional Planning

Kingsley E. Haynes

Schar School of Policy and Government, George Mason University

Date Written: August 10, 2012

Abstract

This paper studies regional impact of three mature surface transportation infrastructures in the northeast corridor of the US: highways, public railways and public transit. Infrastructure stock is valued in real terms from 1991 to 2009. A spatial panel approach with fixed effects is adopted to test the hypothesis of spillovers by allowing for spatial heterogeneity. The result shows that surface transportation infrastructure in general does have a significant impact on regional output, most of which is from spillover effect; highways have an overwhelming influence through both local effects and spillover effects. The impacts from public railways and transit are not significant, but transit does show a positive though small spillover effect.

Keywords: Regional Impact, Surface Transportation, Spatial Econometrics, Northeast Corridor

Suggested Citation

Chen, Zhenhua and Haynes, Kingsley E., Surface Transportation and Regional Output: A Spatial Panel Approach (August 10, 2012). GMU School of Public Policy Research Paper No. 2012-15, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2130753 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2130753

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Kingsley E. Haynes

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