Brendan O'Shaughnessy | November 9, 2016
Drivers get angry when they face massive road projects that shrink available lanes and cause major backups during the heart of road trip season. What is the government doing? Why are they torturing us?
But not Abigail Wozniak, a labor market economist at Notre Dame. Even when stuck in traffic and detours during a major project in downtown South Bend, Wozniak is instead impressed that city leaders thought through a project they knew would inconvenience people. Businesses will be hurt, but at least construction employment will get a bump – and the research must have shown the final effect would be worth the hassle.
“It’s a good example of competing interests – some people will benefit, others will face challenges,” she said. “So how can we do this project and try to have the net impact be as positive as it can be?”