Policy analysis and public infrastructure

by Warren Walker


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This paper presents the author's suggestions for the National Science Foundation's support of research on public infrastructure. It recommends a program that would support the development and application of methodologies to analyze the broad range of social, economic, environmental, and distributional impacts of alternative infrastructure systems. Among the recommended research areas are the treatment of uncertainty and the development of methods to estimate the relevant impacts.

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