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Toll roads and other infrastructure: who pays for what and why?

Who wins and loses when public goods are pay-per-use? We explain how what economists call "externalities" come into play, such as pollution or high traffic volume.

Who wins and loses when public goods are pay-per-use?

Traffic approaches a toll bridge in San Francisco. (Ann Baldwin / Shutterstock)

Who pays for the roads we use, and should the highways be pay-per-use?

Should driving should be "pay for play"  and how do economists and policy makers account for things like the cost of pollution or traffic congestion?

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Senior producer Falice Chin has a crash course — so to speak — on public versus private goods.


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