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Rural Road Abandonment: Policy Criteria and Empirical Analysis

Cathy A. Hamlett and C. Phillip Baumel
American Journal of Agricultural Economics
Vol. 72, No. 1 (Feb., 1990), pp. 114-120
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/1243150
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Rural Road Abandonment: Policy Criteria and Empirical Analysis
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Abstract

Deterioration and changing use patterns of the rural road system have coalesced into difficult policy decisions for local government officials. One option for consideration is abandonment of some low-volume roads. A model is developed, using utility maximization and Pareto-optimal criteria, that allows identification of policy criteria for abandonment. The criteria are empirically estimated and 4% to 12% of the roads were found to be good candidates for abandonment without a net social loss.

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