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Political Economy of Public Capital Formation in Japan

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  • Haruo KONDOH

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    This paper investigates public investment policy (mainly from the 1980s onwards) with a political-economic approach. The points of this paper are as follows. First, at the macro level, it is possible that the short-term fluctuation of public investment has been controlled by the government partys political incentive to win an election rather than in order to dampen economic fluctuations. Second, as for regional allocation, up to 1993 when the Liberal Democratic Party of Japan (LDP) stepped down from government, the LDP had had a great influence on public investment allocation; however, following such a government alternation the influence of local special interest groups may have become stronger. Focusing on the local side, empirical analysis of the public investment function considering political-economic factors clarifies that local public investment policy has been deeply affected by the construction industry as a local interest group (which is heavily dependent on public investment in general), and that levels of public investment have not been determined in the way the median voter theorem implies.

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    Paper provided by East Asian Bureau of Economic Research in its series Macroeconomics Working Papers with number 22604.

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    Date of creation: Jan 2008
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    Handle: RePEc:eab:macroe:22604

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    Keywords: investment policy; public investment; Japan; voter theorem;

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    Cited by:
    1. Miyazaki, Tomomi, 2013. "Fiscal Policy and Regional Business Cycle Fluctuations in Japan," Discussion Paper Series 583, Institute of Economic Research, Hitotsubashi University.
    2. Eiji Yamamura & Haruo Kondoh, 2013. "Government Transparency And Expenditure In The Rent-Seeking Industry: The Case Of Japan For 1998–2004," Contemporary Economic Policy, Western Economic Association International, vol. 31(3), pages 635-647, 07.
    3. Anita Tuladhar & Markus Bruckner, 2010. "Public Investment As a Fiscal Stimulus," IMF Working Papers 10/110, International Monetary Fund.

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