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Economic Impacts of the Construction of a Transport Corridor: A Multi-level and Multiapproach Case Study for the Construction of the A1 Highway in the Netherlands

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  • Frank Bruinsma
  • Sytze Rienstra
  • Piet Rietveld

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BRUINSMA F. R., RIENSTRA S. A. and RIETVELD P.(1997) Economic impacts of the construction of a transport corridor: a multi-level and multi-approach case study for the construction of the A1 highway in the Netherlands, Reg. Studies 31, 391-402. In this paper the relation between the construction of highway infrastructure and regional economic development is analysed at two spatial levels: the level of regions and individual entrepreneurs. Three different approaches are used: a regional labour market model; a reference region approach; and a survey among entrepreneurs. Both the regional models gave no clear indication of an impact of highway construction on regional economic development. At the level of individual entrepreneurs the impact of the highway construction was clearly positive for the level of corporate investments, the number of employees, the perceived accessibility, travel time and the accuracy in delivery times. Perceptions deserve attention in studies of this type, because behaviour is not only governed by objective facts, but also by subjective perceptions. BRUINSMA F.R., RIENSTRA S. A. et RIETVELD P.(1997) Les retombees economiques de la construction d'un couloir de transport: un cas d'etude a plusieurs niveaux et facons pour la construction de la route nationale A1 aux Pays-Bas, Reg. Studies 31, 391-402. Cet article cherche a analyser le rapport entre la construction de l'equipement de transport et l'amenagement du territoire a deux niveaux geagraphiques; a savoir sur le plan regional et du point de vue des entrepreneurs. On se sert de trois facons differentes: un modele du marche du travail regional, une facon qui comporte une region de reference et une enquete menee aupres des entrepreneurs. Aucun des modeles regionaux n'a indique clairement que la construction d'une route nationale a des retombees sur l'amenagement du territoire. Du point de vue des entrepreneurs, les retombees de la construction d'une route nationale se sont averees clairement positives quant au niveau des investissements d'entreprise, a l'effectif, a l'accessibilite percue, au temps du parcours et a l'exactitude des delais de livraison. Les perceptions meritent quelque reflexion dans des etudes de ce genre parce que le comportement se voit determiner non seulement par des faits objectifs, mais aussi par des perceptions subjectives. BRUINSMA F. R., RIENSTRA S. A. und RIETVELD P. (1997) Wirtschaftliche Auswirkungen des Baus eines Transportkorridors: eine Fallstudie des Baus der A1 Verkehrsstrasse in den Niederlanden auf mehreren Ebenen und aus mehrfachen Blickwinkeln, Reg. Studies 31, 391-402. In diesem Aufsatz wird die Beziehung zwischen dem Bau einer Verkehrsstrasseninfrastruktur und regionaler Wirtschaftsentwicklung auf zwei ra�umlichen Ebenen analysiert, der Ebene der Regionen und der des individuellen Unternehmers. Dazu werden drei verschiedene Ansa�tze benutzt: ein regionales Arbeitsmarktmodell, ein Regionalbezugsansatz und eine Umfrage unter Unternehmern. Bei keinem der beiden Regionalmodelle gab es klare Anzeichen einer Auswirkung des Baus der Verkehrsstrasse auf die regionale Wirtschaftsentwicklung. Auf der Ebene der individuellen Unternehmer hatte die Verkehrsstrasse eine deutlich positive Wirkung auf die Ho�he korporativer Investierungen, die Zahl der Bescha�ftigten, die empfundene Erreichbarkeit, Wegzeit und genaue Einhaltung von Lieferzeiten. In Untersuchungen dieser Art verdienen Auffassungen Beachtung, denn Verhalten wird nicht nur von 'objektiven Tatsachen' bestimmt, sondern auch von subjektiver Wahrnehmungen.

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Article provided by Taylor & Francis Journals in its journal Regional Studies.

Volume (Year): 31 (1997)
Issue (Month): 4 ()
Pages: 391-402

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Keywords: Regional Development; Highway Construction; Infrastructure; Transport; Corridor;

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  1. David Aschauer, 1988. "Is public expenditure productive?," Staff Memoranda 88-7, Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago.
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  1. Christian Heij & Peter Nijkamp & Sytze A. Rienstra & Dieter Rothenberger, 1997. "Assessing Scenarios on European Transport Policies by Means of Multicriteria Analysis," Tinbergen Institute Discussion Papers 97-086/3, Tinbergen Institute.
  2. Marcus Adolphson, 2004. "New urban settlements in a perspective of public and private interests," ERSA conference papers ersa04p684, European Regional Science Association.
  3. Bruinsma, Frank & Rietveld, Piet, 1997. "Infrastructure construction and entrepreneurial behaviour," Serie Research Memoranda 0034, VU University Amsterdam, Faculty of Economics, Business Administration and Econometrics.
  4. Rosina Moreno, 1998. "Public infrastructure, private capital and the performance of manufactures: short and long run effects," ERSA conference papers ersa98p165, European Regional Science Association.
  5. Marcus Adolphson & Folke Snickars, 2003. "On Analysing Changes in Urban Form ? Some Theoretical and Methodological Issues," ERSA conference papers ersa03p469, European Regional Science Association.
  6. Stead, Dominic & Rienstra, Sytze A., 1997. "The role of indicators in assessing transport policies: an application to European transport scenarios," Serie Research Memoranda 0073, VU University Amsterdam, Faculty of Economics, Business Administration and Econometrics.

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