Generally, how are [u]direct[/u] construction effects defined in IMPLAN? Specifically, what is the direct output value for a construction project? I remember some previous guidance where the direct construction output was defined as the total value of the project/structure, although some of the associated spending would occur outside the study area. How about direct income and employment effects for construction projects -- would the direct effects include both local and non-local workers since they are all working locally at the project site? This is all in the context of the analysis by parts (ABP) method in IMPLAN. I am analyzing project spending and payroll separately, but I understand that these effects are considered part of indirect and induced impacts, and want to make sure I am defining the direct effects correctly. If direct construction output is in fact the construction value of the project, do you even recommend reporting it since that value does not seem to represent an economic benefit to the local community. Thanks.
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