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Infrastructure policy in the USA–Mexico border: Evaluation and policy perspectives

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This paper presents a case study of road infrastructure and its impact on accessibility and industrial productivity on the USA–Mexico border. The paper focuses on the analysis of three networks of projects that were presented in Protego (2007), a report prepared for the 35th US-Mexico Border Governors Conference in 2007. These projects comprise a series of local and interregional roads located in the western, central, and eastern areas of the border region. The analytical work uses the North American Road System Model (NARS), a GIS application to assess the effect of the infrastructure improvements on accessibility at different geographic scales. The impact of these accessibility gains on industrial productivity is also estimated. The results of the paper confirm the importance of road infrastructure in this region. They indicate that the productivity gains that can attributed to accessibility improvements are large enough to pay for the cost of new infrastructure during the life span of the project.

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  • Duran-Fernandez, Roberto, 2014. "Infrastructure policy in the USA–Mexico border: Evaluation and policy perspectives," Research in Transportation Economics, Elsevier, vol. 46(C), pages 70-102.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:retrec:v:46:y:2014:i:c:p:70-102
    DOI: 10.1016/j.retrec.2014.09.006
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    1. Duran-Fernandez, Roberto & Santos, Georgina, 2014. "A GIS model of the National Road Network in Mexico," Research in Transportation Economics, Elsevier, vol. 46(C), pages 36-54.
    2. Luisa Affuso & Julian Masson & David Newbery, 2003. "Comparing Investments in New Transport Infrastructure: Roads versus Railways?," Fiscal Studies, Institute for Fiscal Studies, vol. 24(3), pages 275-315, September.
    3. Duran-Fernandez, Roberto & Santos, Georgina, 2014. "Regional convergence, road infrastructure, and industrial diversity in Mexico," Research in Transportation Economics, Elsevier, vol. 46(C), pages 103-110.
    4. Duran-Fernandez, Roberto & Santos, Georgina, 2014. "A regional model of road accessibility in Mexico: Accessibility surfaces and robustness analysis," Research in Transportation Economics, Elsevier, vol. 46(C), pages 55-69.
    5. Duran-Fernandez, Roberto & Santos, Georgina, 2014. "Road infrastructure spillovers on the manufacturing sector in Mexico," Research in Transportation Economics, Elsevier, vol. 46(C), pages 17-29.
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    Keywords

    Road infrastructure; Accessibility; Industrial productivity; USA–Mexico border; North American Road System model (NARS);

    JEL classification:

    • R4 - Urban, Rural, Regional, Real Estate, and Transportation Economics - - Transportation Economics
    • R42 - Urban, Rural, Regional, Real Estate, and Transportation Economics - - Transportation Economics - - - Government and Private Investment Analysis; Road Maintenance; Transportation Planning
    • R49 - Urban, Rural, Regional, Real Estate, and Transportation Economics - - Transportation Economics - - - Other
    • R53 - Urban, Rural, Regional, Real Estate, and Transportation Economics - - Regional Government Analysis - - - Public Facility Location Analysis; Public Investment and Capital Stock
    • R58 - Urban, Rural, Regional, Real Estate, and Transportation Economics - - Regional Government Analysis - - - Regional Development Planning and Policy

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