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Public Infrastructure and Economic Growth: Time-Series Properties and Evidence

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  • Lau, Sau-Him Paul
  • Sin, Chor-Yiu

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The authors examine whether economic growth is generated endogenously or exogenously, and estimate the externality effects due to private and public capital respectively. Applying a multivariate stochastic cointegration method to U.S. data, they find that the evidence is unfavorable to the endogenous growth model with public infrastructure. The estimated elasticity of output with respect to public capital is 0.11, smaller than typical values obtained in single-equation regression studies. On the other hand, if the share of capital income is taken to be one-third, then the spillover effect due to private capital is positive but may be as low as 0.10. Copyright 1997 by The Economic Society of Australia.

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Article provided by The Economic Society of Australia in its journal The Economic Record.

Volume (Year): 73 (1997)
Issue (Month): 221 (June)
Pages: 125-35

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Handle: RePEc:bla:ecorec:v:73:y:1997:i:221:p:125-35

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  2. Pina, Alvaro Manuel & St. Aubyn, Miguel, 2005. "Comparing macroeconomic returns on human and public capital: An empirical analysis of the Portuguese case (1960-2001)," Journal of Policy Modeling, Elsevier, vol. 27(5), pages 585-598, July.
  3. Margaret McKenzie, 2005. "Privatisation and Economic Growth," Economics Series 2005_21, Deakin University, Faculty of Business and Law, School of Accounting, Economics and Finance.
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  10. W. Robert Reed & Nurul Sidek, 2013. "A Replication of "Meta-Analysis of the Effect of Fiscal Policies on Long-Run Growth" (European Journal of Political Economy, 2004)," Working Papers in Economics 13/33, University of Canterbury, Department of Economics and Finance.
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