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The Economic Effects of Bus Transit in Small Cities

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  • Dagney Faulk

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    (Center for Business and Economic Research, Miller College of Business, Ball State University, Muncie, IN, USA)

  • Michael Hicks

    (Center for Business and Economic Research, Miller College of Business, Ball State University, Muncie, IN, USA)

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This analysis investigates the impact of public transit in counties with small to medium-sized cities. The objectives are to answer: Do counties with bus transit have lower growth in transfer payments such as food stamps, Temporary Aid to Needy Families (TANF), or higher income growth, employment growth, and population growth? Public transit is commonly viewed as a social service; this analysis explores the economic impact of this public investment. The authors find that relative to counties without bus transit, counties with bus systems have significantly lower unemployment rates, lower growth in family assistance, lower growth in food stamp payments, and higher population and employment growth. Yet, the positive impact on job access, which reduces payments for family assistance and food stamps is tempered by lack of discernable effects on income likely driven by supply-side effects in the labor market.

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Article provided by in its journal Public Finance Review.

Volume (Year): 38 (2010)
Issue (Month): 5 (September)
Pages: 513-539

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Handle: RePEc:sae:pubfin:v:38:y:2010:i:5:p:513-539

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Keywords: employment; transit; bus; spatial mismatch;

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