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Essays in Broadband Economics

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dc.contributor.advisor Cowen, Tyler
dc.contributor.author Oh, Sarah
dc.creator Oh, Sarah
dc.date.accessioned 2018-10-21T19:17:23Z
dc.date.available 2018-10-21T19:17:23Z
dc.date.issued 2017
dc.identifier.uri https://hdl.handle.net/1920/11168
dc.description.abstract Chapter 1 of my dissertation is a study of a federal infrastructure program. I examine cost forecasts for 49 fiber-optic and wireless networks funded by the Recovery Act. I find that grantees did not systematically underbid for projects. They did, however, underestimate and overestimate costs with nearly equal frequency, and escalate costs on average by 202 percent in cost per institution and 37 percent in cost per fiber mile. For four outputs, I ask whether cost forecasts predicted actual construction. I find that grantees overestimated fiber miles and indirectly connected institutions, while meeting targets for directly connected institutions and points of interconnection. I do not find budget, technology, or institution effects to explain the quality of cost forecasts in these outputs. My findings suggest that low-price bids can be cost-effective across project types. With data from the applicant pool, I compare offers from 116 projects with 657 rejected proposals.
dc.format.extent 184 pages
dc.language.iso en
dc.rights Copyright 2017 Sarah Oh
dc.subject Economics en_US
dc.title Essays in Broadband Economics
dc.type Dissertation
thesis.degree.level Ph.D.
thesis.degree.discipline Economics
thesis.degree.grantor George Mason University


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