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Infrastructure and economic growth in the Middle East and North Africa

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  • Um, Paul Noumba
  • Straub, Stephane
  • Vellutini, Charles

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This paper analyzes the impact of infrastructure on growth of total factor productivity and per capita income, using both growth accounting techniques and cross-country growth regressions. The two econometric techniques yield some consistent and some different results. Regressions based in the growth accounting framework suggest that electricity production helps explain cross-country differences in total factor productivity growth in the Middle East and North Africa region. Growth regressions support that conclusion, while also stressing an effect of telecommunications infrastructure. Finally, growth regressions also indicate quite consistently that the returns to infrastructure have been lower in the Middle East and North Africa region than in developing countries as a whole.

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Paper provided by The World Bank in its series Policy Research Working Paper Series with number 5105.

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Date of creation: 01 Oct 2009
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Handle: RePEc:wbk:wbrwps:5105

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Keywords: Transport Economics Policy&Planning; Achieving Shared Growth; Economic Growth; E-Business; Energy Production and Transportation;

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Cited by:
  1. Coutinho, Leonor, 2012. "Determinants of Growth and Inflation in Southern Mediterranean Countries," CEPS Papers 6736, Centre for European Policy Studies.
  2. Wang, Miao & Wong, M. C. Sunny, 2012. "International R&D Transfer and Technical Efficiency: Evidence from Panel Study Using Stochastic Frontier Analysis," World Development, Elsevier, vol. 40(10), pages 1982-1998.

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