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Assessing the Effects of Highway Improvements on Adjacent Businesses

Status:  Active
Project Start Date:  06/04/2021


Highway improvement projects may positively affect nearby businesses as better and safer roads induce increase travel and roadside business activities. However, highway improvements could also induce commercial gentrification – the process by which long-standing small businesses are displaced by newer small firms or chain businesses. The project aims to understand how trunk highway improvements in the Twin Cities metropolitan area affect the business composition of nearby and adjacent commercial corridors. Examining all of MnDOT’s major highway improvements (equal to or in excess of $15 million), researchers will employ econometric tools such as matching and difference-in-differences analysis to analyze a 20-year panel dataset of businesses in the Twin Cities between 2000 and 2019.

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