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Incorporating equity considerations in transport infrastructure evaluation: current practice and a proposed methodology

Thomopoulos, Nikolas, Grant-Muller, S. and Tight, M.R. (2009) Incorporating equity considerations in transport infrastructure evaluation: current practice and a proposed methodology. Evaluation and Program Planning, 32 (4). pp. 351-359. ISSN 0149-7189

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Identification Number: 10.1016/j.evalprogplan.2009.06.013


Interest has re-emerged on the issue of how to incorporate equity considerations in the appraisal of transport projects and large road infrastructure projects in particular. This paper offers a way forward in addressing some of the theoretical and practical concerns that have presented difficulties to date in incorporating equity concerns in the appraisal of such projects. Initially an overview of current practice within transport regarding the appraisal of equity considerations in Europe is offered based on an extensive literature review. Acknowledging the value of a framework approach, research towards introducing a theoretical framework is then presented. The proposed framework is based on the well established MCA Analytic Hierarchy Process and is also contrasted with the use of a CBA based approach. The framework outlined here offers an additional support tool to decision makers who will be able to differentiate choices based on their views on specific equity principles and equity types. It also holds the potential to become a valuable tool for evaluators as a result of the option to assess predefined equity perspectives of decision makers against both the project objectives and the estimated project impacts. This framework may also be of further value to evaluators outside transport.

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Additional Information: © 2009 Elsevier Ltd.
Divisions: LSE Cities
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HE Transportation and Communications
H Social Sciences > HG Finance
T Technology > TE Highway engineering. Roads and pavements
Date Deposited: 06 Nov 2014 09:53
Last Modified: 20 Oct 2021 01:48
Funders: European Commission Marie Curie EST Fellowship scheme through the Policy, Economics and Appraisal in Transport training site at the Institute for Transport Studies—University of Leeds

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