This paper is a story of a search for research that pays off. There is a common assumption that investment in
transportation infrastructure brings economic returns. Sometimes those returns are exaggerated; sometimes those
returns are double counted; sometimes those returns do not happen; sometimes society is worse off. There is great
interest in justifying public infrastructure expenditures in the name of economic development. This paper explores
how can we prevent transportation/economic development research from becoming a mound of exaggerated benefit
claims by demonstrating how and why we can keep from relegating societal impacts to a sinking bog. The paper
recommends research which tells a more accurate story of the linkage between economic development and
Insight in a quagmire: leveraging societal factors in transportation research.
Minnesota Department of Transportation.
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