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Moscow-Kazan: How Transport Projects Modify the Economic Geography

Tatyana N. Mikhailova – Senior Researcher of the Russian Presidential Academy of National Economy and Public Administration, Candidate of Economic Sciences, Associate Professor (Moscow, Russia). E-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Regional countable models represent a traditional method of evaluating the long-term economic effects of transport infrastructure projects. The countable model of economic geography for municipal administrations of the Russian Federation developed by the experts of the Institute of Sectoral Markets and Infrastructure (ISMI), RANEPA was used for evaluating the effects of construction the planned Moscow–Kazan highway. The model demonstrates that the project will stimulate both growth of average wages and influx of population not only directly to the arears where the motorway is going to be built, but in a number of other territories of the Volga Region.

Key words: transport, traffic network, infrastructure, economic geography, Moscow–Kazan.