Transportation Stimulus Spending and Long Term Unemployment

This is a proposal to study in new depth the extent to which transportation construction and repair projects can work to boost employment among adults who might otherwise enter long-term unemployment or drop out of the labor force entirely. The study's focus will be on the wave of projects funded by the Department of Transportation under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA). The study's approach will be to exploit the fine geographical detail of the wealth of data made available by the federal government about each project that was funded by ARRA to link it to geographically detailed annual data on construction sector employment in communities as well as microdata on labor market participants in each local labor market. By linking the project data to these comprehensive labor surveys, the study will be able to focus on the outcomes of interest for policymakers. It is proposed that several instrumental variables methods can be used to identify casual effects of these policies.

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  • Status: Proposed
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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 39327

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  • Accession Number: 01557737
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: New England University Transportation Center
  • Contract Numbers: DTRT13-G-UTC31, HVDR25-19
  • Files: UTC, RiP
  • Created Date: Mar 25 2015 1:00AM