The Impact of Public Infrastructure on the Productivity of the Chilean Economy
AbstractThe aim of the present study is to assess the effect of public infrastructures on the cost structure of the Chilean economy, and thereby on productivity, differentiating between two key sequential periods. A derived aim is to establish to what extent infrastructure and non-infrastructure capitals are related. Our conclusions appear to indicate that infrastructure capital reduces the production cost of the economy, thereby increasing productivity, only in the second period. In turn, non-infrastructure capital appears to be mostly unrelated to infrastructure capital in the first period, but to be clearly complementary in the second period. In addition, infrastructure capital and labour appear to be substitutive in the first period, but mostly unrelated in the second period. Complementarity, neutrality and substitution can to a large extent be explained by the dramatic differences in the institutional structures between these two periods.
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Bibliographic InfoPaper provided by Queen Mary, University of London, School of Economics and Finance in its series Working Papers with number 435.
Date of creation: Feb 2001
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Infrastructure; Chilean institutional change; Translog cost function;
Other versions of this item:
- JosÈ M. Albala-Bertrand & Emmanuel C. Mamatzakis, 2004. "The Impact of Public Infrastructure on the Productivity of the Chilean Economy," Review of Development Economics, Wiley Blackwell, vol. 8(2), pages 266-278, 05.
- H54 - Public Economics - - National Government Expenditures and Related Policies - - - Infrastructures
- O4 - Economic Development, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Growth and Aggregate Productivity
- C3 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Multiple or Simultaneous Equation Models; Multiple Variables
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- NEP-ALL-2001-02-27 (All new papers)
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