Information Requirements for Transportation Economic Analysis

Information Requirements for Transportation Economic Analysis

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Conference participants sought to identify gaps in the data and analytic tools needed to support economic analysis as related to transportation investment and to develop research proposals designed to fill those gaps. The opening day of the conference featured presentations by economists, transportation analysts, and policy makers on the theory and practice of economic analysis and its usefulness to decision makers. The second and third days of the conference revolved around participatory workshops. Six separate working groups deliberated over three questions: (1) What is the appropriate level of investment in transportation to encourage economic health? (2) How should projects be prioritized within a multimodal transportation program? (3) How much revenue is likely to flow from user charges, tolls, and other sources? At the conclusion of its deliberations, each working group developed a list of research proposals, which it then presented to the conference as a whole.Proceedings of a Conference, Irvine, California, August 19-21, 1999 ... But these considerations, as well as the considerations of risk and uncertainty associated with individual projects, leave the matter of discount rate determination a field that still needs work. Ranking Projects Since we know that society has limited resources, it is obvious that we do not want to embark on ... And, in any case, for projects with positive net benefits, the budget constraint could be resolved in many casesanbsp;...

Title:Information Requirements for Transportation Economic Analysis
Publisher:Transportation Research Board - 2000


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