Multilevel Assessment of Public Transportation Infrastructure: A Spatial Econometric Computable General Equilibrium Approach

25 Pages Posted: 19 Dec 2013 Last revised: 13 Jan 2014

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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: December 17, 2013

Abstract

Impact assessment of transportation investment policy is a challenging task as assessment outcome is sensitive to various attributes such as methodology, time period, scale and location of analysis. This study is conducted to evaluate regional impact of public transportation infrastructure in the US at multilevel geographic scales. The assessment is implemented using a spatial econometric computable general equilibrium (SECGE) approach which integrates spatial econometric techniques with computable general equilibrium models to control for spatial spillover effects. The results suggest that regional economic impacts of public transportation infrastructure vary substantially by mode as well as the scale and location of analysis. The different impact outcomes found in this study can be explained by a different investment strategy of public transportation at different geographic scales.

Keywords: Multilevel assessment, transportation infrastructure, investment, computable general equilibrium

JEL Classification: C33, C68, D58, H54

Suggested Citation

Chen, Zhenhua and Haynes, Kingsley E., Multilevel Assessment of Public Transportation Infrastructure: A Spatial Econometric Computable General Equilibrium Approach (December 17, 2013). GMU School of Public Policy Research Paper No. 2014-01. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2369166 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2369166

Zhenhua Chen (Contact Author)

The Ohio State University-City and Regional Planning ( email )

275 West Woodruff Avenue
Columbus, OH 43210-1138
United States

HOME PAGE: http://u.osu.edu/chen.7172/

Kingsley E. Haynes

Schar School of Policy and Government, George Mason University ( email )

Founders Hall
3351 Fairfax Dr.
Arlington, VA 22201
United States

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