Job Impact of Alternatives to Corps of Engineers Projects

by Bruce M. Hannon, Asst. Prof.; Dept. of Gen. Engrg. and Ctr. for Advanced Computation, Univ. of Illinois, Urbana, IL,
Roger H. Bezdek, Asst. Prof.; Dept. of Economics, Inst. of Labor and Industrial Relations and Ctr. for Advanced Computation, Univ. of Illinois, Urbana, IL,

Serial Information: Engineering Issues: Journal of Professional Activities, 1973, Vol. 99, Issue 4, Pg. 521-531

Document Type: Journal Paper


Using an economic input-output model this paper estimates the detailed occupational changes likely to result from a shift of $1.13 billion from the projected 1975 Corps of Engineers construction budget to five alternate programs: national health insurance, social security payments, mass transit development, construction of waste treatment facilities, and general tax relief. It is shown that each of the five alternate programs would create significant increases in employment as compared with the Corps projects, and the net impacts on specific occupations are summarized. The regional employment effects of a particular Corps water resource project in southern Illinois are then examined, and it is shown that such projects may not even benefit nearby local communities.

Subject Headings: Construction wastes | Waste treatment plants | Water treatment plants | Employment | Water resources | Economic factors | Budgets | Occupational safety | Illinois | United States

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