Can national infrastructure spending reduce local unemployment? Evidence from an Australian roads program
AbstractWe examine the effect of a federally-funded local infrastructure spending program on local unemployment rates. To address the likely funding endogeneity problem, we exploit variation in spending due to pork-barreling, and find that higher government expenditure on roads substantially reduces local unemployment.
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Volume (Year): 113 (2011)
Issue (Month): 2 ()
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Fiscal policy; Unemployment; Partisanship;
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