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Efficiency in the provision of public and private capital in 15 OECD countries

  • José E. Boscá

    (Universidad de Valencia)

  • Antonio Cutanda

    (Universidad de Valencia)

  • Javier Escribá

    (Universidad de Valencia)

In this paper we use a sample of 15 OECD countries to examine whether provision of public and private capital satisfies conditions of intertemporal efficiency over the 1970-1995 period. We find robust evidence that private and public capital have followed criteria of efficient resource allocation in all countries. The estimated output elasticities of private and public capital display little variation across countries, and reach mean values of 0.19 and 0.055. Consequently, average rates of return to both factors are estimated at about 5-5.5%. All along we estimate a positive and significant intertemporal elasticity of substitution of consumption in all countries.

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Volume (Year): 30 (2006)
Issue (Month): 2 (May)
Pages: 207-237

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