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The Impact of Public Infrastructure on the Productivity of the Chilean Economy

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  • Jose Miguel Albala-Bertrand

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    (Queen Mary, University of London)

  • Emmanouel C. Mamatzakis

    (City University Business School)

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The 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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Paper provided by Queen Mary, University of London, School of Economics and Finance in its series Working Papers with number 435.

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Keywords: Infrastructure; Chilean institutional change; Translog cost function;

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  1. Gramlich, Edward M, 1994. "Infrastructure Investment: A Review Essay," Journal of Economic Literature, American Economic Association, vol. 32(3), pages 1176-96, September.
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  1. 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.
  2. International Monetary Fund, 2010. "Public Capital and Growth," IMF Working Papers 10/175, International Monetary Fund.
  3. Alfredo Pereira & Jorge Andraz, 2012. "On the economic effects of public infrastructure investment: A survey of the international evidence," CEFAGE-UE Working Papers 2012_10, University of Evora, CEFAGE-UE (Portugal).
  4. Thomas M. Fullerton Jr & Azucena González Monzón & Adam G. Walke, 2013. "Physical Infrastructure and Economic Growth in El Paso," Economic Development Quarterly, , vol. 27(4), pages 363-373, November.
  5. Agenor, Pierre-Richard & Moreno-Dodson, Blanca, 2006. "Public infrastructure and growth : new channels and policy implications," Policy Research Working Paper Series 4064, The World Bank.
  6. Torrisi, Gianpiero, 2009. "Public infrastructure: definition, classification and measurement issues," MPRA Paper 12990, University Library of Munich, Germany.
  7. Becerril-Torres, Osvaldo U. & Álvarez-Ayuso, Inmaculada C. & Del moral-Barrera, Laura E., 2010. "Do infrastructures influence the convergence of efficiency in Mexico?," Journal of Policy Modeling, Elsevier, vol. 32(1), pages 120-137, January.
  8. Romp, Ward & de Haan, Jakob, 2005. "Public capital and economic growth: a critical survey," EIB Papers 2/2005, European Investment Bank, Economics Department.
  9. Jose Miguel Albala-Bertrand, 2006. "The Unlikeliness of an Economic Catastrophe: Localization & Globalization," Working Papers 576, Queen Mary, University of London, School of Economics and Finance.
  10. Musisi, A.A., 2006. "Physical public infrastructure and private sector output/productivity in Uganda: a firm level analysis," ISS Working Papers - General Series 19182, International Institute of Social Studies of Erasmus University Rotterdam (ISS), The Hague.

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