Impact of Highway Infrastructure on Kansas Production and Employment

High quality highways have four types of effects on total output and employment ion a state: economic development effects; productivity effects; keynesian direct effects and indirect (multiplier) effects. The last two effects have been studied in detail and are fairly well understood. The first two are less well understood and have been studied elsewhere, but not in Kansas. This research will provide Kansas-specific measurements of those effects, i.e., the statewide effects of highways on economic development and productivity. This will include a review of economic literature, an estimate of investment and production functions showing economic development and productivity effects of infrastructure, a simulation of the resulting changes in production and employment in Kansas, and an estimate of the dollar value of benefits. A Kansas-specific measure of these benefits would be significant information for policy-makers, by documenting two independent and important reasons for supporting highway programs that have previously not been carefully considered and it will show that the benefit-cost ratio for the highway program was even higher than three. No formal report published.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • Final report not published


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  • Status: Completed
  • Contract Numbers:


    K-TRAN: KU-00-12 NP

  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Kansas Department of Transportation

    Eisenhower State Office Building
    700 SW Harrison Street
    Topeka, KS  United States  66603-3754
  • Project Managers:

    Opara, Bert

  • Performing Organizations:

    University of Kansas, Lawrence

    1530 West 15th Street
    Lawrence, KS  United States  66045
  • Principal Investigators:

    Burress, Alexander

  • Start Date: 20000117
  • Expected Completion Date: 0
  • Actual Completion Date: 20061121
  • Source Data: RiP Project 4544

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01535231
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Kansas Department of Transportation
  • Contract Numbers: RE-0209-01, K-TRAN: KU-00-12 NP
  • Files: RiP, STATEDOT
  • Created Date: Aug 27 2014 1:01AM