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Publications Routes/Roads Economic studies

This page lists Routes/Roads articles of PIARC in the field of economic studies. These publications are classified chronologically.

  • Impact of Covid-19 Crisis on Mobility and Highlights on the Place of Transport and Road Infrastructure in the European Recovery Strategy

    Considering the Covid-19 crisis impacts on transport and mobility sectors, this working group firstly analysed mobility changes before and during the pandemic. Then, the National Recovery and Resilience Plans were analysed to assess the importance and the main policy proposals for the transport sector, and notably the road. This comparative analysis focuses on eleven countries: Spain, France, Italy, Germany, Belgium, the Netherlands, Poland, Czech Republic, Sweden, Croatia and the United Kingdom, [...]

  • Economic Effects of Covid-19 on the Road Sector: a Puzzling Picture

    We all are aware of the unprecedented effects caused by COVID-19 on the economic systems, since we directly experienced most of them. A pandemic, as is typical for this type of event, affects everybody, although at different levels, but the road industry has been put in a special position in this situation. We will try to describe the different facets of what happened to the industry and which are the scenarios for describing its development in the short and the medium term. PIARC has organised [...]

  • Wider economic benefits of transport systems - How Norway is working with it

    Wider Economic Benefits (WEBs) are benefits caused by improvement in transport systems and accrue in form of productivity gains due to agglomeration effects, increased outputs in markets with imperfect competition and improvements in labour supply. The conventional Benefit-Cost Analyses (BCA) has traditionally ignored the WEBs. In the recent years, however, the international literature has recognized the existence of WEBs and that they should be accounted for and added to the benefits captured in [...]

  • XXVI World Road Congress – Abu Dhabi, October 2019 Connecting Cultures, Enabling Economies - General Report

    The General Report of the XXVI World Road Congress has been prepared by GHD under contract with the Abu Dhabi Department of Transport, on behalf of the United Arab Emirates. It has not been possible to include the conclusions of all sessions in this report. They will be available from PIARC’s website.

  • Pilot project to quantifying social benefits of road rehabilitation for project prioritization

    This article describes the Finnish Overseas Consultants (Finnoc) method for quantifying socio-economic benefits for the rehabilitation of roads.