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Evaluation of the benefits of transnational transportation projects



In this paper an analytical framework has been developed to evaluate the primary beneficiaries of cargo traffic generated by transnational transport projects. In the transportation economics literature, the economic impact of infrastructure projects on cargo traffic has not been developed as fully as for passenger traffic. In much of the previous literature it is often assumed that consumers of the traded goods would receive the full benefits from the reduction in logistics and transportation costs. This paper has shown that whether the goods are traded internationally or regionally is a key factor in the allocation of the economic benefits arising from the reduction in the cost of cargo transportation. The analytical framework developed in the paper is applied to the evaluation of the impacts of the proposed Buenos Aires-Colonia binational bridge project.

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  • Glen P. Jenkins & Chun-Yan Kuo, 2006. "Evaluation of the benefits of transnational transportation projects," Journal of Applied Economics, Universidad del CEMA, vol. 9, pages 1-17, May.
  • Handle: RePEc:cem:jaecon:v:9:y:2006:n:1:p:1-17

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    1. Chun-Yan Kuo & Glenn Jenkins, 1998. "Buenos Aires - Colonia Bridge Project, Financial and Economic Appraisal," Development Discussion Papers 1998-07, JDI Executive Programs.
    2. Kenneth Button, 1993. "Transport Economics," Books, Edward Elgar Publishing, number 56, April.
    3. Harberger, Arnold C, 1971. "Three Basic Postulates for Applied Welfare Economics: An Interpretive Essay," Journal of Economic Literature, American Economic Association, vol. 9(3), pages 785-797, September.
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    1. Guillermo Perry, 2013. "Regional Public Goods in Finance, Trade and Infrastructure," DOCUMENTOS CEDE 011888, UNIVERSIDAD DE LOS ANDES-CEDE.

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    Argentina; Uruguay; cargo traffic; transnational; transportation benefits;

    JEL classification:

    • F10 - International Economics - - Trade - - - General
    • H43 - Public Economics - - Publicly Provided Goods - - - Project Evaluation; Social Discount Rate
    • R42 - Urban, Rural, Regional, Real Estate, and Transportation Economics - - Transportation Economics - - - Government and Private Investment Analysis; Road Maintenance; Transportation Planning


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