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Dynamic Macroeconomic Effects of Public Capital: Evidence from Regional Italian Data

  • Valter Di Giacinto
  • Giacinto Micucci
  • Pasqualino Montanaro

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    (Bank of Italy, Regional Economic Research Unit)

Based on a VAR model, which allows to take into account direct and indirect links between the variables, this paper shows that public capital positively and persistently affects GDP in Italy and in its main geographic areas. This result is also attributable to a strong stimulus exerted on private capital (crowding in). A higher elasticity of GDP to public capital is estimated for the South, whereas marginal productivity turns out to be higher in the Centre-North. This suggests that public capital has a lower economic return in the South, bearing out the existence of a potential conflict between equity and efficiency goals.

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Article provided by GDE (Giornale degli Economisti e Annali di Economia), Bocconi University in its journal Giornale degli Economisti e Annali di Economia.

Volume (Year): 69 (2010)
Issue (Month): 1 (April)
Pages: 29-66

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