The Local Effects of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act on Economic Activity and Traffic Safety

The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) of 2009 provided significant funds for transportation projects in Massachusetts, with restrictions aimed at ensuring the funds were spent quickly. These restrictions led to the funding of transportation projects across the state whose timing was unrelated to discrete changes in local trends. In this application, the project proposes to use this variation in construction to estimate the marginal impact of transportation projects on road safety and quality of life of local communities. Using detailed geographic data on ARRA funded projects, car accidents, and local economic outcomes, the project will identify the impact of ARRA funding with a difference in differences approach. These cleanly identified estimates will be useful for cost-benefit analysis and policy making, and align nicely with the University of Transportation's (UTC's) special interest topics of safety and livable communities.


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  • Status: Active
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  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Research and Innovative Technology Administration

    University Transportation Centers Program
    1200 New Jersey Avenue
    Washington, DC  United States  20590
  • Start Date: 20131001
  • Expected Completion Date: 0
  • Actual Completion Date: 20180930
  • Source Data: RiP Project 39331

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01557595
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: New England University Transportation Center
  • Contract Numbers: DTRT13-G-UTC31, HVDR25-23
  • Files: UTC, RiP
  • Created Date: Mar 24 2015 1:00AM