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Political preferences and the spatial distribution of infrastructure: evidence from California’s High-Speed Rail

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dc.contributor.author Fajgelbaum, Pablo
dc.contributor.author Gaubert, Cecile
dc.contributor.author Gorton, Nicole
dc.contributor.author Morales, Eduardo
dc.contributor.author Schaal, Edouard
dc.date.accessioned 2023-07-13T07:12:10Z
dc.date.available 2023-07-13T07:12:10Z
dc.date.issued 2023-06-29
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10230/57566
dc.description.abstract How do political preferences shape transportation policy? We study this question in the context of California’s High-Speed Rail (CHSR). Combining geographic data on votes in a referendum on the CHSR with a model of its expected economic benefits, we estimate the weight of economic and non-economic considerations in voters’ preferences. Then, comparing the proposed distribution of CHSR stations with alternative placements, we use a revealed-preference approach to estimate policymakers’ preferences for redistribution and popular approval. While voters did respond to expected real-income benefits, non-economic factors were a more important driver of the spatial distribution of voters’ preferences for the CHSR. While the voter-approved CHSR would have led to modest income gains, proposals with net income losses also would have been approved due to political preferences. For the planner, we identify strong preferences for popular approval. A politically-blind planner would have placed the stations closer to dense metro areas in California.
dc.format.mimetype application/pdf
dc.language eng
dc.language.iso eng
dc.title Political preferences and the spatial distribution of infrastructure: evidence from California’s High-Speed Rail
dc.type info:eu-repo/semantics/workingPaper
dc.subject.keyword Transportation
dc.subject.keyword Infrastructure
dc.subject.keyword Political economy
dc.rights.accessRights info:eu-repo/semantics/openAccess

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