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Fixing Swiss potholes: The importance and cyclical nature of improvements


  • Dueker, Michael J.
  • Fischer, Andreas M.


This note sheds new light on the dynamic properties of maintenance and repair and examines the behavior of an additional form of capital spending- that of improvements. The analysis examines a unique long-run data set on Swiss road spending.
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  • Dueker, Michael J. & Fischer, Andreas M., 2003. "Fixing Swiss potholes: The importance and cyclical nature of improvements," Economics Letters, Elsevier, vol. 79(3), pages 409-415, June.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:ecolet:v:79:y:2003:i:3:p:409-415

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