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DfT acts to reconcile GDP and welfare transport appraisals

Appraisal

Andrew Forster
05 August 2016
Impacts assessed in Welfare and GDP appraisals Source: Venables, Laird, Overman
Impacts assessed in Welfare and GDP appraisals Source: Venables, Laird, Overman

 

The DfT is commissioning research into how to reconcile the results of transport scheme appraisals focusing on GDP/GVA with traditional welfare cost-benefit analysis.

“There is considerable divergence in the way in which major capital investments are appraised across different organisations,” says the DfT. “Many organisations appraise potential transport investments using GDP/GVA and employment impacts rather than welfare impacts [e.g. cost-benefit analysis].” 

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