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Size and composition of public investment, sectoral composition and growth

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After providing some descriptive evidence on the relationship between the size and composition of public expenditure and the sectoral employment composition of the economy, this paper develops an endogenous growth model with two private sectors, where the government provides, as pure public goods, both infrastructure investment, directly affecting the productivity of private capital in the ‘modern’ sector, and a flow of goods and services, enhancing the productivity of the otherwise labour-intensive ‘traditional’ sector. Government productive expenditure affects the long-run growth rate through its size and composition, both directly, by enhancing the productivity of private factors, and indirectly, by changing the employment sectoral composition of the economy.

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  • Felice, Giulia, 2016. "Size and composition of public investment, sectoral composition and growth," European Journal of Political Economy, Elsevier, vol. 44(C), pages 136-158.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:poleco:v:44:y:2016:i:c:p:136-158
    DOI: 10.1016/j.ejpoleco.2016.07.001
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    Public investment; Growth; Sectoral composition;
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    JEL classification:

    • O41 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Growth and Aggregate Productivity - - - One, Two, and Multisector Growth Models
    • O14 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Development - - - Industrialization; Manufacturing and Service Industries; Choice of Technology
    • P20 - Economic Systems - - Socialist Systems and Transition Economies - - - General
    • H5 - Public Economics - - National Government Expenditures and Related Policies

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