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Zur Politischen Ökonomie öffentlicher Infrastrukturausgaben

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This article reviews results from the literature on the political-economy determinants of infrastructure investments. I discuss three criteria which may be applied to describe efficiency, redistribution and equity concerns of governments when using infrastructure investments as a means of regional policy. Using the planned investment figures of highway construction in the German federal states, I demonstrate that these criteria often lead to conflicting priorities regarding infrastructure investment allocation across regions. Finally, I summarize the findings of previous studies on the political factors that influence infrastructure investment decisions. Copyright 2007 die Autoren Journal compilation 2007, Verein für Socialpolitik und Blackwell Publishing Ltd.

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  • Andreas Stephan, 2007. "Zur Politischen Ökonomie öffentlicher Infrastrukturausgaben," Perspektiven der Wirtschaftspolitik, Verein für Socialpolitik, vol. 8(s1), pages 116-132, April.
  • Handle: RePEc:bla:perwir:v:8:y:2007:i:s1:p:116-132
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