Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/72723
Authors: 
Polasek, Wolfgang
Schwarzbauer, Wolfgang
Year of Publication: 
2006
Series/Report no.: 
Reihe Ökonomie / Economics Series, Institut für Höhere Studien (IHS) 198
Abstract: 
In this paper we describe the EAR (regional economic accessibility) model to investigate the impact of the improvement of railroad infrastructure on regional GDP, population and firms growth in 99 Austrian regions. We evaluate the impact of four potential railroad infrastructure investment projects on the accessibility of Austrian regions, which is used to forecast future growth of these regions. Regional performance is measured by four variables, gross regional product, number of firms, population size, and employment. Eventually a ranking of these four projects is carried out for the first ten years of operation of the four potential investment projects. We show that the improvement of train accessibility has different impacts on regions with high and low overall performance.
Subjects: 
evaluation of infrastructure projects
long-term regional forecasts
accessibility and traffic analysis
ranking
JEL: 
R1
R41
L92
C21
C23
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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