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April 1994

Infrastructure alternatives for 2005: employment and occupations

Arthur Andreassen, Jay M. Berman

More investment in the Nation's infrastructure would result in new jobs in construction-related industries. However, even under optimistic assumptions about future growth, the impact on total employment is not large. This article lays out two alternative spending paths on infrastructure?a low- and high- investment scenario?around the moderate-growth employment projections. The study concentrates on infrastructure spending in highway construction, local transit construction, railroad and airport construction, water and sewage construction, and the operation of existing water and sanitation facilities.

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