Estimating The Employment Impacts Of Pedestrian, Bicycle, And Road Infrastructure – Case Study: Baltimore

Source: Heidi Garrett-Peltier, Political Economy Research Institute, December 2010

In this case study, we estimate the employment impacts of various transportation infrastructure projects in the city of Baltimore. We are particularly interested in examining the differences in employment resulting from different project types: those that focus on bicycle and pedestrian infrastructure and those that do not. Using an input-output model, we evaluate project-specific data provided by the City of Baltimore. We find that pedestrian and bicycle infrastructure projects create 11-14 jobs per $1 million of spending while road infrastructure projects create approximately 7 jobs per $1 million of expenditures. Below we describe the projects we analyzed and present more detailed estimates of the employment impacts.

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