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Public Infrastructures and Regional Asymmetries in Spain

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  • Alfredo M. Pereira

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    (Department of Economics, College of William and Mary)

  • Oriol Roca Sagales

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    (Departament d'Economia Aplicada, Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona)

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The objective of this paper is to investigate the effects of public infrastructure on regional economic performance in Spain. The empirical results are based on VAR models relating output, employment, private capital, and public infrastructure. We estimate models at the aggregate level and for each of the 17 regions of Spain. In the regional models, both public infrastructure in the region and public infrastructure elsewhere are considered, thereby taking into consideration the possible existence of regional spillovers. Our empirical results show that regional spillovers are very important, and that although public infrastructure has been a powerful instrument to promote long-term growth, it has done so in a way that is unbalanced across regions. This means that aggregate convergence in Spain to EU standards of living has been achieved at the cost of increased domestic asymmetries.

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Paper provided by Department of Economics, College of William and Mary in its series Working Papers with number 46.

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Length: 16 pages
Date of creation: 08 Oct 2006
Date of revision: 30 Mar 2007
Handle: RePEc:cwm:wpaper:46

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Keywords: public infrastructures; regional spillovers; regional asymmetries;

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Cited by:
  1. Alfredo M. Pereira & Jorge M. Andraz, 2006. "On the Economic and Fiscal Effects of Investment in Road Infrastructure in Portugal," Working Papers 33, Department of Economics, College of William and Mary, revised 15 Sep 2010.
  2. Alfredo Marvão Pereira & Jorge M. Andraz, 2013. "On the economic effects of public infrastructure investment:A survey of the international evidence," Working Papers 108, Department of Economics, College of William and Mary.
  3. Gianpiero Torrisi, 2010. "Infrastructures and Economic Performance: A Critical Comparison Across Four Approaches," Theoretical and Practical Research in Economic Fields, ASERS Publishing, vol. 0(1), pages 86-96, June.
  4. Antonio Estache, 2010. "A survey of impact evaluations of infrastructure projects, programs and policies," Working Papers ECARES 2010_005, ULB -- Universite Libre de Bruxelles.

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