A Science Mapping Approach-Based Overview of Infrastructure Externalities Research

Posted: 21 Jun 2019

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Lei Zhu

Southeast University

Jing Du

Southeast University

Qianwen Ye

Southeast University

Date Written: June 20, 2019

Abstract

The externalities of infrastructure projects have not been fully taken into account during the extensive infrastructure development worldwide, leading to outstanding and practical problems such as traffic congestion, air pollution, damage to the environment, and the heavy government burden on the governance of external effects. Although the body of knowledge on infrastructure externalities is increasing, there is currently no systematic analysis of the diversified issues and research on infrastructure externalities. To fulfill this research gap, this study offered the first bibliometric study to explore the research trends, main research gaps and future research directions on infrastructure externalities research. To quantitatively analyze the relevant literature, this study adopted the science mapping approach. After a rigorous selection and analysis of 964 articles from Web of Science, this study first identified that the research interest in infrastructure externalities has increased at a gradual rate from 1996 onwards. Moreover, the results showed that the Annals of Regional Science, Applied Energy, and Ecological Economics were the top three most influential journals. In addition, the analysis results of the scientific collaboration in infrastructure externalities research demonstrated that the University of California, Berkeley and Noel, L. were the most productive institution and scholar, respectively; the United States, England, Peoples Republic of China, Germany, and Italy stood out as the top five most productive countries. The collaboration analysis results further revealed that there was a high level of isolation in this research domain. Furthermore, this study revealed the main research areas:

(1) the evaluation of infrastructure externalities from the economic and environmental aspects;

(2) the internalization strategies of infrastructure externalities;

(3) sustainable approaches to solve infrastructure externalities.

This study also identified the research gaps and proposed future research directions. The findings of this study would provide a platform for both researchers and public authorities to retrieve the latest developments and trends in infrastructure externalities, paving the way to sustainable infrastructure provision.

Keywords: infrastructure externalities; literature review; science mapping; evaluation; internalization

Suggested Citation

Zhu, Lei and Du, Jing and Ye, Qianwen, A Science Mapping Approach-Based Overview of Infrastructure Externalities Research (June 20, 2019). Abstract Proceedings of 2019 International Conference on Resource Sustainability - Cities (icRS Cities), Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3407225

Lei Zhu (Contact Author)

Southeast University

Najing
China

Jing Du

Southeast University

Najing
China

Qianwen Ye

Southeast University

Najing
China

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