An Empirical Study of Road-Noise Barriers Deployment

30 Pages Posted: 4 Mar 2014

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Marie-Ève Faubert

Center for Interuniversity Research and Analysis on Organization (CIRANO)

Bernard Sinclair-Desgagne

SKEMA Business School - Sophia Antipolis Campus

Ekaterina Turkina

HEC Montreal

Date Written: February 3, 2014

Abstract

We investigate the main drivers for the construction of new road-noise barriers across states in the United States. The respective influence of costs, the number of metropolitan areas and registered vehicles, state population density, the already built area, and a state’s environmental efforts (as measured by an environmental index) remains qualitatively the same for the overall newly-built area and when only new areas using specific materials are considered. However, history (through the already built area) may foster the use of some materials, which suggests that their deployment is subject to path-dependency; and different environmental indices and states peculiarities matter for different materials, which may indicate regional specificities in landscape and taste or the influence of local industrial lobbies. Some implications for the measurement of environmental stringency and the study of environmental federalism are briefly discussed.

Keywords: Command-and-control policy implementation, Pollution-abating technology and regulatory compliance, Traffic-noise reduction measures, Environmental federalism, State politics

Suggested Citation

Faubert, Marie-Ève and Sinclair-Desgagne, Bernard and Turkina, Ekaterina, An Empirical Study of Road-Noise Barriers Deployment (February 3, 2014). CIRANO - Scientific Publications 2014s-22. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2403982 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2403982

Marie-Ève Faubert

Center for Interuniversity Research and Analysis on Organization (CIRANO) ( email )

2020 rue University, 25th floor
Montreal H3C 3J7, Quebec
Canada

Bernard Sinclair-Desgagne (Contact Author)

SKEMA Business School - Sophia Antipolis Campus ( email )

60 rue Dostoïevski
Sophia Antipolis, 06902
France

Ekaterina Turkina

HEC Montreal ( email )

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