Knowledge Note

The distributional effects of urban transport policies are a broadly understudied topic, particularly when in comes to developing countries. This poverty note seeks to fill in this gap in the existing literature by analyzing the effects of a newly established bus rapid transit system in Barranquilla, Colombia. The analysis focus on evaluating the compositional and distributional effects that may follow from the displacement of households originally living in the areas in close proximity to bus rapid transit stations. Overall, the analysis performed points to poor households living in proximity to stations being replaced by households from upper socioeconomic strata.

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