The $64 Billion Massachusetts Vehicle Economy

42 Pages Posted: 6 Dec 2019 Last revised: 24 Dec 2019

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Stevie Olson

Harvard University - Harvard Kennedy School (HKS)

Phil Berkaw

Harvard Kennedy School of Government

Lucien Charland

Harvard University - Harvard Kennedy School (HKS)

Elizabeth Patton

Harvard University - Harvard Kennedy School (HKS)

Linda Bilmes

Harvard University - Harvard Kennedy School (HKS)

Date Written: December 6, 2019

Abstract

Policymakers and budgetary analysts have long argued that roads are heavily subsidized. The diffusion of spending among federal, state, and local government entities, along with the complexity of indirect costs, make it difficult to understand the fully loaded cost of the vehicle economy. Individual families may track the personal costs of car ownership to their budgets, but they rarely consider the total cost of operating and maintaining the vehicle economy because the vast majority of roads and parking areas are provided free at the point of use. This study is intended to increase transparency regarding road-related spending and to provide a comprehensive estimate of the economic cost of Massachusetts’ vehicle economy.

Suggested Citation

Olson, Stevie and Berkaw, Phil and Charland, Lucien and Patton, Elizabeth and Bilmes, Linda, The $64 Billion Massachusetts Vehicle Economy (December 6, 2019). HKS Working Paper No. RWP-038. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3499676 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3499676

Stevie Olson

Harvard University - Harvard Kennedy School (HKS) ( email )

79 John F. Kennedy Street
Cambridge, MA 02138
United States

Phil Berkaw

Harvard Kennedy School of Government

111 Western Avenue 10 soldiers Field park apartmen
Boston, MA 02163
United States

Lucien Charland

Harvard University - Harvard Kennedy School (HKS)

79 John F. Kennedy Street
Cambridge, MA 02138
United States

Elizabeth Patton

Harvard University - Harvard Kennedy School (HKS) ( email )

79 John F. Kennedy Street
Cambridge, MA 02138
United States

Linda Bilmes (Contact Author)

Harvard University - Harvard Kennedy School (HKS) ( email )

79 John F. Kennedy Street
Cambridge, MA 02138
United States
617-495-4753 (Phone)
617-496-2554 (Fax)

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