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How should we measure the return on public investment in a VAR?

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  • Miguel St. Aubyn

    (ISEG, Technical University of Lisbon)

  • Álvaro Manuel Pina

    (ISEG, Technical University of Lisbon)

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A new method of empirically computing the macroeconomic returns to public investment is proposed. Pereira's (2000) technique is modified, and a measure which accounts for both public and private investment costs is suggested. An empirical application to US data shows that differences between alternative ways of measuring rates of return are non-trivial - taking into consideration the full investment effort halves estimated returns when partial public costs only are considered.

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  • Miguel St. Aubyn & Álvaro Manuel Pina, 2006. "How should we measure the return on public investment in a VAR?," Economics Bulletin, AccessEcon, vol. 8(5), pages 1-4.
  • Handle: RePEc:ebl:ecbull:eb-06h50001
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    • H5 - Public Economics - - National Government Expenditures and Related Policies
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