Nicaragua - Transportation 2007-2011

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The evaluation examines impacts of the Transportation Project in three ways. First, we calculate economic rates of return associated with reduced user costs for each rehabilitated road - and for the project in aggregate - making use of the before and after measures of road use, detailed data on project implementation and costs, and models that project changes in usage, costs, and benefits over time. We also examine changes in the availability and cost of common consumption goods that can be attributed to the transportation project. This component of the analysis relies on a survey of retail establishments that targets goods in the Cansta Basica or basic basket that is used in Nicaragua to track consumer prices. Data was collected both before and after construction in communities both on and away from rehabilitated roads. The survey design therefore facilitates measurement of changes in price and availability of goods relative to a relevant comparison group. The evaluation also examines changes in household consumption using a similar pre- and post- rehabilitation data collection methodology. The consumption measures for this component of the evaluation are derived from responses to household surveys implemented for the Rural Business Development (RBD) portion of the Nicaragua compact. While the bulk of the respondents to this survey are outside the zone of influence of the road rehabilitation, we identify more than one-hundred households within the zone of influence of the rehabilitated roads. It is important to recognize that the data for this component of the report was collected for a different purpose and respondents are not a representative sample of households in the treatment and control areas. Thus these results are intended to be suggestive and provide some insight on the robustness of results from the survey of retail establishments. These surveys do not provide unbiased estimates of the transportation project on the affected population.

Type: 
Microdata
Acronym: 
MCC-T 2007-11
Languages Supported: 
English
Topics: 
Topic not specified
Geographical Coverage: 
Nicaragua
Release Date: 
June 25, 2015

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Last Updated: 
July 1, 2015

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Microdata

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Harvest Source ID: 
8245
Funding Name, Abbreviation, Role: 
Millennium Challenge Corporation
Study Type: 
Impact evaluation
Unit of Analysis: 
Retail establishments
Primary Investigator Name, Affiliation: 
Jonathan E. Alevy, Ph.D
Questionnaires: 
Establishment surveys in thirty communities were conducted to collect data on price and availability of a basket of consumer goods to shed light on whether the rehabilitated roads provide significant nonuser benefits. The establishment survey contains information on fifty-three items that comprise the Canasta Basica - or basic basket - from which the Central Bank constructs its cost of living index. The fifty-three items in the Canasta Basica are segregated into eight categories that include food items, household costs, and clothing.
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September, 2017

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Alevy, Jonathan E. 2014. Impacts of the MCC Transportation Project in Nicaragua.

The evaluation examines impacts of the Transportation Project in three ways. First, we calculate economic rates of return associated with reduced user costs for each rehabilitated road - and for the project in aggregate - making use of the before and after measures of road use, detailed data on project implementation and costs, and models that project changes in usage, costs, and benefits over time. We also examine changes in the availability and cost of common consumption goods that can be attributed to the transportation project. This component of the analysis relies on a survey of retail establishments that targets goods in the Cansta Basica or basic basket that is used in Nicaragua to track consumer prices. Data was collected both before and after construction in communities both on and away from rehabilitated roads. The survey design therefore facilitates measurement of changes in price and availability of goods relative to a relevant comparison group. The evaluation also examines changes in household consumption using a similar pre- and post- rehabilitation data collection methodology. The consumption measures for this component of the evaluation are derived from responses to household surveys implemented for the Rural Business Development (RBD) portion of the Nicaragua compact. While the bulk of the respondents to this survey are outside the zone of influence of the road rehabilitation, we identify more than one-hundred households within the zone of influence of the rehabilitated roads. It is important to recognize that the data for this component of the report was collected for a different purpose and respondents are not a representative sample of households in the treatment and control areas. Thus these results are intended to be suggestive and provide some insight on the robustness of results from the survey of retail establishments. These surveys do not provide unbiased estimates of the transportation project on the affected population.

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Acronym: 
MCC-T 2007-11
Type: 
Languages Supported: 
Time Periods: 
September, 2017
Primary Investigator Name, Affiliation: 
Jonathan E. Alevy, Ph.D
Funding Name, Abbreviation, Role: 
Millennium Challenge Corporation
Unit of Analysis: 
Retail establishments
Geographical Coverage: 
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Release Date: 
Thursday, June 25, 2015
Last Updated Date: 
Wednesday, July 1, 2015
Questionnaires: 
Establishment surveys in thirty communities were conducted to collect data on price and availability of a basket of consumer goods to shed light on whether the rehabilitated roads provide significant nonuser benefits. The establishment survey contains information on fifty-three items that comprise the Canasta Basica - or basic basket - from which the Central Bank constructs its cost of living index. The fifty-three items in the Canasta Basica are segregated into eight categories that include food items, household costs, and clothing.
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Harvest System ID: 
8245
Citation Text: 
Alevy, Jonathan E. 2014. Impacts of the MCC Transportation Project in Nicaragua.
Modified date: 
16617
Study Type: 
Impact evaluation
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